HBO canceled the time traveler’s wife just one season later.
The show, adapted from Audrey Niffeneger’s best-selling book, just started on May 15, but the network clearly sees enough to call time after just six episodes.
The wife of the time traveler followed Claire of Rose Leslie and Henry of Theo James. Henry’s condition, a hereditary disorder that causes him to travel frequently and unexpectedly, complicates the relationship considerably and leaves Claire behind.
Steven Moffat, best known for Doctor Who and Sherlock’s work, adapted the series to HBO, with David Nutter behind the camera in some of Game of Thrones’ most iconic episodes as the key. I acted as a director.
In the statement given to the deadline (Opens in a new tab)A HBO spokeswoman said: Time Traveler’s WifeIt was our privilege to partner with Master Story Teller Steven Moffat and David Nutter. We are very grateful for their passion, effort and care for adapting this beloved book. We would also like to thank Theo and Rose, and the other great casts for their heartfelt performances that completely captivated the audience. “
The show’s finale was just aired 12 days ago, and Moffat was discussing more plans. TVLine (Opens in a new tab): “This book has enough juice for more than a season, but at the same time, I still call it a limited series because it can’t last forever. It has to stop. We have to stop. I already know a lot about how it ends. I think it’s a story of fate. The end is built into the beginning. “
Sadly for him, the end will be after only six episodes.
Why did HBO unplug it?
The show’s audience couldn’t have been large enough, which would never have been helped by a terrible show review.
Rotten Tomatoes has a rating of 38%. (Opens in a new tab) Reviewers lay in Moffat’s plots, dialogues, and books they branded as almost universally uncapable.
There was also some solid evidence to support it …
Analysis: Some books don’t work on screen …
That’s right. This is the second time I’ve put it on film.
The book was actually selected for the movie before it was released by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment. Warner Bros. endorsed the book with a promise of luxurious adaptation. In the end, the adaptation turned out to be unlucky. Steven Spielberg and David Fincher were interested in undertaking it, but never. Gus Van Sant was installed for a while and then left. Finally, Robert Schwentke, the man behind the giant turkey RIPD and the mangle action thriller Snake Eyes, was hired.
The result, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, was an expensive mess created after a production full of endless reshoots and last-minute rewrites. Critics also hated it. And ironically, Rotten Tomatoes has a rating of 38% (Opens in a new tab)Similar to HBO’s adaptation.
An ironic twist on the story that was supposed to correct the original adaptation mistake. Some books are best left to the imagination of the reader.
After the movie failed, I chose five other books that needed to be treated as miniseries. You can see our choice here.
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