Time-travel in literature is very well represented. But not always well-written. The last decent piece of writing that featured the sci-fi conceit that I can recall is Audrey Niffenegger’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. It was turned into a feature film and while I never got round to finish watching it, I’ve been told by fans of the book that the movie did not do justice to the source material. At all. Hollywood now has another stab at honouring/ruining another book with the adaptation of “Q”. Written by Evan Manderay, it’s apparently another well-regarded work of romance with a time-bending twist.
Manderay’s official site describes the book like this: “Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man, claiming to be his future self, who ominously admonishes the protagonist that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. The author doubts this stranger, but in time becomes convinced of his authenticity and leaves his fiancée. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are the author’s love for his New York City home and for his beloved Q. Q turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.”
Columbia Pictures is currently in final negotiations for David Gordon Green to write the screenplay and direct. Green’s last movie was the stoner action-comedy “Pineapple Express”, so it’s quite a shift in tone for him. He has done sensitive human dramas before though, with the likes of 2007’s “Snow Angels”, a quiet little film you should catch if you haven’t already. Green will be reuniting with his “Pineapple” producer Matt Tolmach on “Q”. Manderay’s manager Pouya Shahbazian will also produce.