The Time Traveler’s Spouse started as a e book earlier than being tailored right into a film, and now Audrey Niffenegger’s novel is getting the TV collection remedy, courtesy of exec producer/author Steven Moffat (Physician Who, Sherlock) and EP/director David Nutter (Sport of Thrones).
The HBO adaptation, premiering this Sunday at 9/8c, stars Theo James (Sanditon) and Rose Leslie (Sport of Thrones) as Henry and Clare, a pair whose relationship is examined by a genetic dysfunction that causes him to time journey.
When the undertaking reached James, who learn the e book in his twenties, “I assumed, ‘Oh s–t. Steven, David, HBO, The Time Traveler’s Spouse. That’s f–king cool,’” the actor tells TVLine.
Leslie, too, was drawn to the collection by “the character of Steven’s writing,” the actress says. “The form of lightheartedness, the form of peppering of comedy all through the collection, actually stored it attention-grabbing and entertaining to play. But in addition, there’s an undercurrent of tragedy for these two lovers, and in consequence, I simply thought it was an interesting undertaking to be part of. There’s so many various avenues to probe for every character, not simply due to the age vary, however due to the extraordinary scenario that Clare finds herself in by being one-half of a time-traveling couple.”
Under, the celebs, plus Moffat and Nutter, preview 5 issues it’s good to know concerning the adaptation.
THIS ONE’S FOR THE BOOK FANS | Moffat despatched the present’s scripts to Niffenegger and would “discuss her via the issues I modified or why I used to be doing issues the best way I used to be doing, and typically she’d be silent, after which often she’d get in contact,” he says. However general, the ever-busy writer was hands-off, telling Moffat, “‘What I would like you to do — no strain — is make an enormous hit like Sherlock or Physician Who. I don’t need you to do what I let you know,’” he recollects.
A self-proclaimed fan of the novel, Moffat sought to stay trustworthy to the supply materials, even whereas adapting Niffenegger’s story to suit the construction of a weekly TV present. “It’s not about altering. It’s not about I picked up that e book and thought I need to repair this. The e book is ideal,” Moffat insists. And in comparison with the 2009 movie that starred Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, the HBO collection will get to dig deep into the e book’s central themes. “I preferred the film and lots of people love that film,” Moffat says. “It takes us most likely three episodes to nail down how the time journey actually, actually works and ensure the viewers is assured with it. By which era within the film, you’ve barely obtained any time left to lavish on what it’s actually about, which is about being the time traveler’s spouse and what the connection is like, and above all, what’s love like, what is nice love like, which is the theme of the e book, which it explores brilliantly.”
CHEMISTRY IS KEY | When it got here time to learn collectively for the producers, Leslie and James discovered themselves making an attempt to create chemistry via pc screens, because of the pandemic. “The audition course of was actually unusual,” Leslie describes. “I’ve by no means carried out a chemistry learn through Zoom. The world that we have been dwelling in proper then was December 2020 by the point that I obtained to the chemistry stage, and so very, very odd to try to form of join with somebody on the opposite facet of a webcam.” Fortunately, the celebs had one thing going of their favor: a little bit of shared historical past. “I informed Rose she’d be studying with Theo James. A spark of curiosity form of sparkled in her eye. I went, ‘OK, what’s that each one about?’” Nutter recollects. “Then I noticed that they form of knew one another from Downton Abbey a few years in the past. I don’t even suppose they acted collectively. However there was some heat emotions between the 2 of them, they usually have been very constructive. So I feel that we felt and noticed one thing form of spark there and we paid consideration to these first impressions, and it was actually fairly, fairly particular.”
ONE HENRY WAS MORE DIFFICULT AND MORE FUN | Of all of the completely different ages at which James portrays Henry, the actor discovered the twentysomething model “the hardest as a result of I didn’t need to overplay that he’s younger and rambunctious. However on the similar time, he must be completely different,” James says. For Leslie, nevertheless, enjoying reverse that specific Henry was probably the most enjoyable. “[He’s] form of frivolous and untethered and a nihilist,” the actress says. “And in consequence, I simply actually loved that as a result of he’s only a little bit of a prick, and it’s simply somewhat enjoyable to play off that, and there was a large amount of vitality.”
IT HURTS TO TIME TRAVEL | Each time Henry is transported to the long run or the previous, he will get dropped, actually, with an enormous thump into that point interval. “It was painful, and I had a lot of bumps and bruises,” James says of filming these scenes. “I form of needed that in a manner. There was some softer landings. I keep in mind there was one which I pleaded with David to reshoot as a result of I needed each time…to really feel like, ‘Ow! Jesus!’ This isn’t only a form of enjoyable romantic-comedy system the place somebody falls via time. It’s one thing the place he will get actually f–ked up. So sure, it damage in actual life.”
THE GROOMING CONCERNS | One of many factors the place the e book has been criticized is the truth that an grownup Henry repeatedly visits Clare when she is a toddler, elevating considerations that he groomed her. “That’s not what the story is within the e book or the movie or the TV present. He’s married to her,” Moffat counters. “He meets her as an grownup, he falls in love along with her, he will get married to her after which he’s flung again in time, via no fault of his personal, and is confronted with the childhood model of the lady he already loves. Much more so within the TV present model, he completely makes it clear that he’s only a buddy.” Moreover, the Henry who visits younger Clare is “a accountable man, so he has tremendously strict guidelines about this,” like that he won’t ever reveal who he’s to her sooner or later.
The 2 characters even have a dialog about who groomed whom in one of many episodes. “If considered one of them modifications the opposite, Clare modifications Henry,” Moffat provides. “Clare is precisely the identical individual as somewhat woman as she is whenever you see her in her seventies. Henry flows round Clare like a river round a rock. He makes himself the person she needs him to be as a result of he loves her.”