Harry’s All Night Hamburgers: Ted Melfi in talks to direct time travel movie
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures) is in final talks to direct the time travel adventure Harry’s All Night Hamburgers for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The project was picked up as a spec by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman.
Harry’s All Night Hamburgers, based on the 1987 Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers short story by Hugo Award winner Lawrence Watt-Evans, centers on a down-on-his-luck high school senior who discovers that the roadside diner where he works nights is actually the hangout of parallel universe of travelers. Ignoring the advice of the diner’s irascible owner Harry, he sets off on an adventure through the multiverse in search of his own perfect life, only to learn that happiness doesn’t come as easy as pressing a button.
The script for the project is being described as similar to Back to the Future and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) will produce for his Mad Chance production banner with Ben Simpson co-producing. Cate Adams and Paul Perez are shepherding for Warner Bros.
Melfi is currently in pre-production on the animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish, based on the book by Jennifer L. Holmes, and the comedy I am Rose Fatou. He is also adapting the comic book Huck into a feature film for Netflix with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce.
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