It’s happening!!! The time has come for the adaptation of Matt Haig’s brilliant How to Stop Time, it was announced by StudioCanal CEO Anna Marsh at the MIPTV international television conference earlier today.
SunnyMarch acquired the adaptation rights to the novel months before it even came out in 2017 and it’s been in development ever since. Initially planned as a feature film, it’s now confirmed to be a six-part series. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson is attached to helm the script by DC Moore (Mary & George, Killing Eve).
On the news, Benedict said:
When I first read How to Stop Time, the potential of this story was immediately obvious,” said Cumberbatch. “In his inimitable style, Matt once again explores what it is to be human and what it is to live a life — a very long one in this case — with pathos, insight, humor, drama and inspiration. I am so thrilled to be reuniting with Tomas Alfredson who is the perfect person to capture the scale, tension, and sense of humor alive in DC Moore’s adaptation
Matt Haig added:
Benedict Cumberbatch is the dream person to play Tom Hazard and was always who I pictured in my mind. And Tomas Alfredson is the ideal director for this story. The whole team is incredible, and it is so great to feel a story is in the best possible hands
He also shared the news on his Instagram account:
Production starts next year, filming in London and Europe.
Great news to start the week, friends!!