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Press Release when the release date was still set for December 25, 2001

Scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter...and the hunted.

Based on the classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine" stars Guy Pearce ("Rules of Engagement," "L.A. Confidential ") in the role of Alexander Hartdegen. Making her feature film debut, Dublin-born singer/songwriter Samantha Mumba stars opposite Pearce as Mara, the woman who befriends Hartdegen in the distant future. The international cast also includes Mark Addy ("The Full Monty"), Philip Bosco ("Shaft," "My Best Friend's Wedding"), Phyllida Law ("Saving Grace"), Sienna Guillory ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune," "Die Hard: With a Vengence").

A co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, "The Time Machine" marks the live-action directorial debut of Simon Wells, who previously co-directed DreamWorks' animated hit "The Prince of Egypt."

Wells directed "The Time Machine" from a screenlay by John Logan ("Gladiator," "Any Given Sunday"), based on a screenplay by David Duncan. The film is produced by Walter F. Parkes and David Valdes, with Arnold Leibovit, Laurie MacDonald and Jorge Saralegui serving as executive producers, and John Logan co-producing.

Collaborating with Wells behind the scenes is a veteran creative team led by cinematographer Donald M. McAlpine ("Romeo + Juliet," "Clear and Present Danger"), production designer Oliver Scholl ("Independence Day," "Godzilla"), costume designer Bob Ringwood ("A.I.," "Batman Forever"), editor Wayne Wahrman ("Charlie's Angels," "U-571") and visual efects supervisor Jamie Price ("Waterworld"). "The Time Machine" will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks, with Warner Bros. handling the international release.

DOMESTIC RELEASE: HOLIDAY 2001

(Credits are not final)


Memo from the Time Machine Production Company

"The Time Machine, The Eloi World, and the Morlocks are all wonderful original creations-unique to our picture and in light of the investment Dreamworks and Warner Bros. are making in our production, we owe them every effort at maintaining secrecy as to the film's props and environments."


Official Press Release - 02/22/2001
The Clock Starts on DreamWorks Pictures' and Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Time Machine' Principal photography is underway on DreamWorks Pictures' and Warner Bros. Pictures' sci-fi adventure "The Time Machine," based on the classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. The film marks the live-action directorial debut of Simon Wells, who co-directed DreamWorks' animated hit "The Prince of Egypt." The last name of the director and author being the same is no coincidence: Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells.

"The Time Machine" stars Guy Pearce ("Rules of Engagement," "L.A. Confidential") as Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist and inventor, who is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that makes him want to change the past. He tests his theories with a time machine of his own invention that hurtles him 800,000 years into a future where mankind has divided into the hunter ...and the hunted.

Pearce heads up the international cast that also includes Academy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune," "Die Hard: With a Vengeance"), Mark Addy ("The Full Monty"), Philip Bosco ("Shaft," "My Best Friend's Wedding"), Phyllida Law ("Saving Grace"), and Sienna Guillory ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang").

Simon Wells is directing "The Time Machine" from a screenplay adapted by John Logan ("Gladiator," "Any Given Sunday"). Walter F. Parkes and David Valdes are producing the film, with Laurie MacDonald, Arnold Leibovit and Jorge Saralegui serving as executive producers.

Collaborating with Wells behind the scenes is a veteran creative team led by cinematographer Don McAlpine ("Romeo + Juliet," "Clear and Present Danger"), production designer Oliver Scholl ("Independence Day," "Godzilla"), costume designer Deena Appel ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Bedazzled"), editor Wayne Wahrman ("Charlie's Angels," "U-571") and visual effects supervisor Jamie Price ("Waterworld").

"The Time Machine" will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks, with Warner Bros. Pictures handling the international release.

Principal photography on "The Time Machine" began on location at Vassar College in upstate New York, with additional location filming to be undertaken in Albany, Troy and Schenectady. When the company returns to Los Angeles, shooting will be completed on soundstages at Warner Bros. Studios.

 

 

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