Lisa Grunwald’s upcoming novel ‘Time After Time’ won’t be officially released until June 11th, 2019 by Random House but there is already a movie deal in place to bring this work to the big screen.
Roth/Kirschenbaum Film has picked up the rights for the novel and has Lauren Oliver (‘Before I Fall’) writing the script with Joe Roth, and Jeff Kirschenbaum set to produce the feature film. Currently, Glen Powell (‘Hidden Figures‘) is set to star in one of the two leading roles.
The book is described in detail as:
On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don’t seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again—and again—will become the focus of his love and his life.
Nora, a fiercely independent aspiring artist, is shocked to find she’s somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn’t until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city’s skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below.
As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the “Terminal City” within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love.
Delving into Grand Central Terminal’s rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time.
This clearly won’t be the kind of science fiction film that you’ll think of as a blockbuster summer popcorn flick, but with the love story and drama set against time travel or some form of an out-of-time plot device, there will be interest by fans of the genre.
When it comes to the production of the film, Kirschenbaum shares:
“Joe and I have been looking for an epic romance to produce, and we believe we’ve found it with Time After Time. It’s part The Notebook, part Ghost and it has all the makings of a classic.”
Does ‘Time After Time’ sound like a premise that might be worth checking out on the big screen? Are films with a fantasy or science fiction backdrop that don’t have that element front and center of interest to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!