Spike Lee Adapting and Directing Ronald Mallett's Time Traveler
by Alex Billington
June 18, 2008
Whether you agree or disagree with his statements about Clint Eastwood, it's hard to argue that Spike Lee isn't at least a great director. He's definitely created some great films throughout his career and I've got high hopes for his next feature Miracle at St. Anna. Lee has officially signed on to co-write and direct a feature adaptation of Ronald Mallett's book Time Traveler that was first published in November of 2007. He has become intrigued by the subject of time travel and science recently and bought the rights with his own money and is producing the project through his own production company. Lee called Time Traveler a "fantastic story on many levels (and) also a father and son saga of loss and love."
The book, officially titled Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, is a memoir written by Ronald Mallett, one of the nation's first African-Americans to earn a PhD in theoretical physics. Mallett recounts his rise from poverty to a distinguished academic and scientific career, and it lays out the technical specs for what Mallett envisions as a workable time machine. Developing a time machine became an obsession for Mallett from the age of 10 after his father's death. His goal was to travel back in time to save his father. You can pick up a copy of the highly praised book on Amazon.com.
I don't have anything against Spike Lee and won't be getting into the debate between him and Eastwood. I prefer to focus on his filmmaking talent. Time Traveler sounds potentially great, especially in the hands of Lee, but there's also a part that concerns me. The aspect that Mallett has envisioned an idea for a time machine and published it in a book just sounds too quirky. I could see that idea being twisted in the film and I'd rather see a tragic drama than a comedy. Time travel is always an interesting subject and I hope this turns out good either way. I'll be keeping an eye on this as well as The Time Traveler's Wife.