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'Time and Again' Resurfaces with Lionsgate, Liman After Decades in Development Hell

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2012 at 9:24PM

Have you ever read Jack Finney's "Time and Again?" It's a classic time travel book from 1970 about an ad exec who enters an apartment in New York's Dakota (where John Lennon lived, also the setting for Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby") and goes back in time to 1882, when the landmark building was surrounded by fields.
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Have you ever read Jack Finney's "Time and Again?" It's a classic time travel book from 1970 about an ad exec who enters an apartment in New York's The Dakota (where John Lennon once lived, also the setting for Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby") and goes back in time to soon after the landmark building was built in 1882 (actually it was two years later), when it was surrounded by fields.  Robert Redford and Paul Newman were among the many players who tried--and failed--to make it into a movie. Finney also wrote a 1996 sequel, "From Time to Time,"bpublished one year after his death, and saw his paranoid thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" spawn more than one movie.

Now  Lionsgate production chief Erik Feig is going to give it a go with talented but disorganized filmmaker Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") on board, reports Variety. Liman will produce with his Hypnotic partner Dave Bartis. Next up us Warner Bros.' Tom Cruise vehicle "All You Need Is Kill." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.