Hat Trick Productions and Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio are working on an adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine for Sky to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth, reports Broadcast Now.
Mercurio will co-write the series with Chris Lunt, who who wrote the ITV crime drama Prey. The series is being conceived as a long-running returning series, following the adventures of an Edwardian time traveller.
Mercurio is also known for the medical dramas Critical and Bodies, as well as the comedy drama The Grimleys, but he does has form in science fiction. He wrote the massively under-appreciated BBC sci-fi chiller Invasion: Earth (1998) and the ITV TV movie Frankenstein (2007) which updated the story to a contemporary setting with a cloning theme.
In the states they’re also just about to launch a new series (very) loosely based on Wells’s novel – an adaptation of the 1979 film Time After Time, in which Wells himself becomes the time traveller. In fact TV is currently chock-a-block with time travel shows – Doctor Who, Travelers, Legends Of Tomorrow, The 12 Monkeys, Frequency (if it hasn’t been axed), Making History, even The Flash half the time – you have to wonder if there’s room for another. Then again, there are a billion cop show and medical dramas.