I was one of many people who thought that The Time Traveler’s Wife sounds like an episode of Quantum Leap, so I shouldn’t be surprised that a U.S. network is making the novel into a TV show, written and produced by one of the creators of Friends.
ABC’s interest in the adaptation substantially pre-dates the movie, however. The network has been talking to [Marta] Kauffman “for years” about bringing the project to the small screen, industry insiders said….
ABC executives believe the complex plot of the original novel will work well in series form, since Kauffman will be able to explore the romantic relationship at the core of the story over the course of several seasons.
Individual episodes will likely feature self-contained storylines as well.
Someone else commented that in addition to the Quantum Leap connection, this sounds a lot like another ABC/Warner Brothers co-production, Pushing Daisies. After all, they’re both about dudes who have mysterious powers that they can’t fully control and that make it tough for them to fulfil their relationships with the girl of their dreams. So it’s like Pushing Daisies if every week he tries to use his time-traveling to help somebody or learn something, instead of using his super death powers to solve mysteries.
Also, if you loved the endless, frustratingly unfulfilled on-and-off romantic tension between Ross and Rachel, think of what Kaufman can do with a relationship that is constantly interrupted by the forces of time itself. I expect the Time Traveler to say “we were on a break!” quite a lot.
(Link via Diane.)