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Time-Travel Drama 'Travelers' Lands at ABC




You may not recognize the face in the photo above, but you will definitely recognize the feature film that made him famous: David Magee adapted the screenplay for Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' from Yann Martel's hit novel. 'Life of Pi' earned an impressive four Academy Awards and skyrocketed Magee to the upper echelon of Hollywood screenwriters. So how is he following up his greatest success to date? By leaping from the silver to the small screen. 

Magee has teamed up with Michael Green for a high concept sci-fi drama project which has found its way over to ABC. Magee wrote the project, entitled 'Travelers,' with Green supervising. Green is the producer of series like 'Heroes,' 'Kings' and 'The River,' as well as the writer of feature films including the poorly-received 'Green Lantern,' which starred Ryan Reynolds. Magee is the screenwriter behind ABC'Finding Neverland,' 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' and the aforementioned 'Life of Pi,' which happen to be three of my mother's favorite films. So, he passes that informal test.

'Travelers' centers on a man who brings his family to a wake for the father he never knew, only to discover that the doors inside his father’s estate are time portals which trap them in the house and send them on a journey through history. It's an interesting concept, blending family drama with historical adventure. Admittedly, the concept sounds more like a feature film than an ongoing series; it seems like once the main issue is resolved, the story would come to a close. We'll have to wait and see what tricks Magee has up his sleeve in order to keep the plot marching forward. Hopefully, with Green's television experience, the pair will head in a strong direction. 

The sale brings Green back to ABC where he had another high-concept project through 20th TV two season ago, 'Gotham,' which had a strong showing as a pilot and nearly received a series order. Here's hoping 'Travelers' has more luck. 

- David Magee
- Michael Green (1)

Written by: bad_subject
Aug 2nd, 2013, 11:56 am

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 11:02 pm
oh, whoops. mea culpa ... me too tired. comment below is of course by the one and only, the lovely Loora! (yaaay, yaaay me)
rather ifheal

Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 11:00 pm
1 Season on ABC family, at most. This screams sliders/time tunnel wannabe. Except that we live in 2013 and shows that somehow involve screwing with time haven't survived for many years now (even tho there were a few really good ones). The audience just isn't over the Vampire/Zombie craze quite yet. Also, the concept just doesn't sound that convincing. A house with doors that somehow are time portals ? That's a bit thin, isn't it ? I think viewers of today demand a more cohesive universe/mythology that makes sense. We just won't take magic time portal doors as a given without explanation anymore, won't we ?

Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 7:40 pm
Sucks. Why rehash Time Tunnel? Better yet just bring back Time Tunnel. Or It's about Time, or Seven Days.
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