In Hollywood there are plenty of movies that get made and others that get canned, but there is also a very special place called Development Hell. It is in this place, also known as Development Limbo, where certain scripts and adaptations hang in a perpetual state of not being made. There are many famous examples of this, such as John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (which actually recently found new life) and now another one of those is once again trying to get into production.
Variety reports that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to Jack Finney's illustrated novel Time and Again and have hired director Doug Liman to helm the project. The book, which was first published in 1970, is about an illustrator living in New York named Simon Morley who volunteers to take part in a secret government project. The experiment ends up sending him back to 1882 where he ends up falling in love, but it forces him to make a choice between the past and the present. Liman, who broke out with the 1996 indie hit Swingers, hasn't made a film since 2010's Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. He is also currently in pre-production on the sci-fi action film All You Need Is Kill, which is set to star Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt (both of whom have had experience in the genre with titles like Minority Report and the upcoming Looper).
The irony of it all is that Finney's other most famous work was The Body Snatchers, which has been turned into a feature film multiple times (my personal favorite is the 1978 version with Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum). Will Liman finally be the director to dig Time and Again out of Development Hell? We'll have to wait and see.
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