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Time Traveler:
A Spike Lee Film


Press Release - June 16, 2008


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June 16, 2008



by Dr. Ronald Mallett with Bruce Henderson

New York, NY - Film rights to TIME TRAVELER by Dr. Ronald Mallett with Bruce Henderson --the inspiring memoir by one of America's first African American Ph.D.'s in theoretical physics who has discovered the basic equations for a working time machine -- have been acquired by director Spike Lee's production company, Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Inc. The Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated Lee will co-write the script and direct.

TIME TRAVELER: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (Basic Books) is the compelling and touching story of a man whose deep childhood trauma -- at age ten the sudden death of his father -- drove him on a quest to build a time machine in an attempt to go back in time to save his father. In telling his story, Mallett explains in "easy-to-read" (Publishers Weekly) language and elegant metaphors the physics that makes time travel possible -- based on Einstein's theories of relativity -- and offers what New Scientist's editor Michael Brooks calls an "actual blueprint for a time machine." The title has been reprinted in Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Kirkus Reviews found TIME TRAVELER an "inspiring blend of personal narrative and scientific exploration," and the London Daily Mail said of Mallett: "In pursuit of his seemingly impossible goal, he has overcome poverty and prejudice to become one of only a handful of top-flight black physicists in the United States."

Lee recently finished filming Miracle at St. Anna, based on the novel that follows members of the U.S. Army's 92nd Division of all-black buffalo soldiers during World War II as they become trapped between forces beyond their control and between different worlds. Regarding TIME TRAVELER, Lee says: "I'm elated to have acquired the rights to a fantastic story on many levels, but also a father-and-son saga of loss and love."

Mallett received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for United Technologies from 1973-5, and in 1975 joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he has been a professor of theoretical physics ever since. Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in the media around the world, including NPR's This American Life, and the History Channel, Science Channel and Learning Channel. Mallett resides in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Henderson is the author or co-author of more than twenty nonfiction books, including Down to the Sea (Smithsonian/Collins) and True North (W. W. Norton). His previous titles include a #1 New York Times hardcover bestseller, And the Sea Will Tell. He teaches writing at Stanford University, and lives in Menlo Park, California.

Mallett and Henderson are represented by Paul Bresnick Literary Agency, LLC, New York, and for film by United Talent Agency.

Variety.com - June 17, 2008


Posted: Tue., Jun. 17, 2008, 9:00pm PT

Spike Lee takes on 'Time Traveler'

Touchstone to release film in the fall

Spike Lee will co-write and direct "Time Traveler," a feature adaptation of a memoir by Ronald Mallett, one of the nation's first African-Americans to earn a Ph.D in theoretical physics.

Lee acquired "Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality" with his own money and has set up the project through his Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks banner.

Mallett, who wrote the book with Bruce Henderson, 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.

Lee called "Time Traveler" a "fantastic story on many levels (and) also a father and son saga of loss and love."

The filmmaker has been intrigued by the subject and flirted with the Fox drama "Selling Time," about a man who sells a part of his life expectancy for the chance to go back and relive the worst day of his life. Lee is no longer involved in that project.

The helmer recently completed "Miracle at St. Anna," based on a novel about members of the U.S. Army's 92nd Division of all-black buffalo soldiers who become trapped in Italy during WWII. The pic will be released by Touchstone Pictures in the fall.

UTA and Paul Bresnick Literary Agency brokered the book deal.

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1998-2008 Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
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