It director Andy Muschietti to adapt The Time Machine with Leonardo DiCaprio


Muschietti keeps getting more – movie deals, that is.

The next project It Director Andy Muschietti wants to take a live-action adaptation of H.G. Wells' science fiction novella The Time Machine. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

For the film, Muschietti is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio's production banner Appian Way. Alongside his production partner Jennifer Davidson and Muschietti's producer sister Barbara Muschietti, DiCaprio wants to serve as a producer on the Time Machine reimagining, which hails from Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.

Published in 1895, Wells' The Time Machine centers on a scientist living in victorian-era England, which the narrator identifies only as "the Time Traveler." The protagonist crafts a time machine that takes him 802,000 years into the future, where he meets two new species of humanoids. There are the Eloi – small, child-like adults who live in fruit, dwell in futuristic buildings, and have an intense fear of the dark and moonless nights. And then there are the Morlocks – ape-like creatures that traipse through their subterranean communities and only poke their heads out of underground when the sky is pitch black. When the Time Traveler finds that his machine has gone missing while he's adventuring and exploring, he must battle the Morlocks if he returns to his own timeline.

Muschietti's adaptation of The Time Machine comes after two other book-to-screen translations: George Pal's starring starring Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore, and Whit Bissell, which premiered in 1960; and Simon Hall's critically lambasted take, top-lined by Guy Pearce, that debuted in 2002.

After seeing Mushietti shape out a smash hit with his adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic ItHollywood has firmly affixed their eyes on – and placed a tone of faith in – the filmmaker. He's currently in postproduction on the second Pennywise-featuring flick It: Chapter Two, and what recently tapped a live-action version of the Japanese manga series Attack on Titan, The fact that he's now attached to adapt another Mushietti's touch is something every studio wants to place on their developing projects – and it's easy to see why. In directing 2017's It, Muschietti helped Warner Bros. earn $ 700.4 million against a reported $ 35 million production budget. The studio is looking for the same child of commercial success in selecting Mushietti to direct The Time Machine,

Warner Bros. and Paramount have yet to stamp The Time Machine with an exact release date. We'll update you as soon as the studios make that announcement.


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