Regency Wants ‘The End of Eternity’
Isaac Asimov hasn’t been well served by Hollywood adaptations of his novels. That hasn’t stopped Regency from trying their hand with his long out of print The End of Eternity. Variety reports the 1955 novel has been picked up.
The production entity is seeking a writer and director.
The trade says the book is “a futuristic tale in which humanity is controlled by a ruling class called Eternity, a member of which can manipulate time to alter history and prevent disasters or wipe out undesirables.
“One of the time cops flirts with disaster when he breaks the cardinal Eternity rule and falls in love with a woman from another time period.”
Considered one of the prolific writer’s stronger efforts, it originally began as a 25,000 story which was rejected in February 1954 by Galaxy’s Horace L. Gold. Undaunted, he decided to expand the story into a novel and had the concept accepted on April 7 by Walter I. Bradbury at Doubleday. The final manuscript was delivered December 13, being published in book form in August 1955.
At one time it had been optioned for a film to be directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise but died during development.