ABC has released the first trailer for Time After Time, its television adaptation of Karl Alexander’s novel about H.G. Wells creating a time machine (before he wrote the book) and chasing Jack the Ripper through time to stop his killing spree. There are definitely elements of Sleepy Hollow, not to mention the 1979 film adaptation, with Wells (UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma) stepping out of the time machine in the middle of a museum exhibit. But instead of ’79 San Francisco, Time After Time is set in 2016 New York City.
It looks as if much of the pilot will match the original story: Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) is delighted by how bloodthirsty the future has become; Wells falls for a pretty girl in the future—in this case, Jane Walker (Genesis Rodriguez), assistant curator at the American Museum of Space and Science—who is fated to be killed by the Ripper in three days’ time. They even made Stroma look as sweetly frumpy as Malcolm McDowell in the main role… though he cleans up much quicker than Ichabod Crane does. But there’s at least one new twist in the trailer, which you can check out below:
No premiere date announced, but Time After Time will presumably premiere sometime this fall.