A University of Connecticut professor's obsession with realizing time travel will be made into Spike Lee film, with no mention of a DeLorean or a phone booth. The Girl 6 director has bought the movie rights to the memoirs of Ronald Mallett, called Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, and he plans to co-write and direct the film version. Click through for more on the Mallett's studies and video of the professor explaining time travel.
Mallett's time-spanning passion grew with the death of his father when he was a child. Hoping to someday travel back in time and prevent this death, Mallett became obsessed with science and became one of the nation's first African-Americans to obtain a doctorate in theoretical physics. Nowadays the professor has realistically set his sights on just sending a particle back in time and not a whole person.
The basis of Mallet's time travel research is inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity and a circle of lasers, which he explains bends space and therefor time. But since he hasn't actually traveled back in time yet, this movie will most likely be a rags-to-riches tale. (Well, rags-to-academia, anyway.) To be honest, I'd rather just watch Mallett try and explain his ring of lasers theory.
Is it wrong that I believe that Primer's machine would work better than this? Granted there's no real science to Primer, but I liked the idea that you could travel back in time as long as you could stay inside the machine. Which time machine in the scifi land do you think is the most realistic?