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July 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM EDT

Lionsgate has confirmed to EW that they have acquired the rights to the 1970 Jack Finney novel Time and Again, news first reported by Variety‘s Showblitz. The time travelling adventure follows New York illustrator Simon Morley, who — by way of a military experiment — goes back in time to 1882 and falls in love with a woman named Julia. Simon must decide whether to stay in the past with the woman he loves, or return to the present where he belongs.

The novel has been bounced around Hollywood for a number of years — Robert Redford even tried to get a project off the ground in the ‘90s. But with Doug Liman attached to direct, and both sci-fi (the forthcoming Tom Cruise vehicle All You Need is Kill) and comedy (Swingers) in his back catalogue, Time and Again is in good hands.

Should the studio wish to expand the property a sequel entitled From Time to Time was published posthumously in 1996, a year after Finney’s death. Finney’s work has been interpreted by Hollywood before, his 1955 novel The Body Snatchers made the jump to the silver screen a number of times most notably in 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the still-creepy 1978 remake.


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