In keeping with TV’s red-hot time travel craze, ABC has ordered a drama pilot from Kevin Williamson (The Following) and based on the 1979 novel Time After Time.
Using the book by Karl Alexander (as well as the 1979 Malcolm McDowell/Mary Steenburgen film) as a “starting point,” the prospective Warner Bros. TV drama will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine. (In the novel/movie, Wells was in pursuit of a Time Machine-commandeering Jack the Ripper.)
Just a week ago NBC ordered a pilot for Time, Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke’s high-octane drama about a trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history, while The CW’s recently premiered Legends of Tomorrow of course follows a team of time travelers who are hunting an immortal villain fated to one day conquer Earth.
ABC’s other Thursday pilot orders include
Bloodier & Oilier Spark, a sudser set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world and a rebellious young woman has an invention that could level two empires, and a Reese Witherspoon-produced drama about a ruthless attorney whose life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces.