It has been a whirlwind couple of years for Andy Muschietti. The director of “Mama” grabbed the adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” after Cary Joji Fukunaga left the project. Muschietti steered the film to a huge opening, earning $327 million to become the highest domestic grossing box office for a horror film (not adjusted for inflation). Muschietti kept the film on track and made the most of the opportunity, which allowed him to return for the sequel. With the 2nd film moving into post-production, the director has begun looking for his next project. With a big earner under his belt, Warner Bros. and Paramount have given Muschietti the reigns of the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ “The Time Machine.”
According to Deadline, this represents the fourth collaboration between Warner Bros. and Muschietti. In addition to both of the “It” films and now “The Time Machine,” the two are also developing a big budget adaptation of the anime “Attack on Titan” for future development. The Wells’ novel follows the story of a time-traveling inventor who travels into the past and very distant future.
The story of “The Time Machine” has been adapted on several occasions. As far as big motion pictures go, the last adaptation came in 2002 and starred Guy Pearce. An original film version was made in 1960 and was directed by George Pal. However, the famed tale also served as inspiration for the television show “Time After Time” in 2017. That show only made it five episodes before it canceled. The story may not be new, but there are definite possibilities for the source material to work on the big screen. If Muschietti can learn from the Pearce-led version, look for the director to score another big box office.