If you’re a fan of British comedy, you’ve probably heard the name Richard Curtis. Over the past several decades, Curtis has brought us shows such as Black Adder and The Vicar of Dibley, not to mention a Hollywood film output that includes Pirate Radio, Love Actually, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. This holiday season he took a more dramatic turn by penning the Spielberg opus War Horse, demonstrating he’s definitely not a one-trick pony. He even wrote an episode of Doctor Who, because all British writers are required to do so at some point during their career. That dip into Who canon might just help him on his newly announced project: a small-budget time-travel movie with the on-the-nose title of About Time.
Curtis will both write and direct About Time, something he hasn’t done on a film since 2009’s Pirate Radio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is currently casting and should begin filming sometime this summer. Unfortunately, they don’t have any hints as to storyline or premise, so we’ll just have to speculate wildly and irresponsibly. Given Curtis’ bibliography, you can expect that About Time will probably be 1) funny, 2) quirky, and 3) romantic. He’s got a proven knack for writing romantic stories in a way that is a lot more engaging, charming, and palatable than your average Hollywood romcom. Combine that with the complications provided by time travel, and we could have a genre cult classic in the making. Picture The Time Traveler’s Wife, only good, or Somewhere in Time, but funny. Either way, I’m eager to see what Curtis has to offer in About Time.