New Line has hired Bruce Joel Rubin (Deep Impact, Ghost) to rewrite sci-fi romance The Time Traveler’s Wife, to be directed by Robert Schwentke.
According to Variety, the film, produced by Brad Pitt via his Plan B production company and Nick Wechsler, has been in development at New Line since 2003, when the studio acquired feature rights to Audrey Niffenegger’s novel. “Wife,” which hadn’t been published when the deal was made, went on to become a bestseller.
The novel centers on a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, brought on by stress and bad memories. He meets and falls in love with a teenage heiress, but the couple’s often out of sync because of his time traveling.