Pay TV giant Sky is reportedly in the very early stages of developing a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic 1895 novella “The Time Machine” which will likely air on Sky Atlantic to join its original dramas like “Riviera”.
The story follows an English scientist living in Victorian England who has built a contraption capable of moving forward and backwards through time. He uses it to travel into the far future where he finds a civilisation made up of two types of beings – the beautiful but vapid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks.
Producer Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s House Productions are behind the new take with “Wanderlust” scribe Nick Payne developing the script and Kibwe Tavares (“Noughts & Crosses”) slated to helm. “Line Of Duty” creator Jed Mercurio worked on an adaptation last year, but that version fell through.
Two film adaptations of the story have taken place so far, both funnily enough starring Australian actors in the lead role – the 1978 film with Rod Taylor, and the 2002 film with Guy Pearce.