Spike Lee Wants to Make Time Travel a Reality

Spike Lee

Director Spike Lee, who recently had only been in the news because of his statements against Clint Eastwood films, has decided to shut up and go back to doing what he does best: make movies. Variety reports that his follow-up project to the highly anticpated war drama Miracle at St. Anna will be Time Traveler. Lee has signed on to co-write and direct the movie, which is adapted from the memoir “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality” by Ronald Mallet, one of the nation’s first African Americans to earn a Ph. D in theoretical physcis.

The book recalls Mallet’s struggle from poverty to a successful academic and scientific career. It also lays out Mallet’s ideas for a workable time machine, which became his obsession after his father died when he was 10-years old. He made it his goal to travel back in time to save his father. I’ll take a wild guess and say that’s the plot of the movie right there.

Lee described Time Traveler as a “fantastic story on many levels (and) also a father and son saga of loss and love.”

As for the film, it sounds interesting, although the plot sounds similar to the one in 2002’s disappointing remake of The Time Machine, although I don’t expect there will be much actual time traveling here. Lee is a more assured filmmaker than that. Like him or not, you have to give him that much. I think the title is a little lame though, and they should probably add the same subtitle from the book to the film.

Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna will hit theaters on Sept. 26.

Nate Deen is a 20-year old aspiring film critic/essayist from Pensacola, Fla. He just graduated with an AA degree in journalism from Pensacola Junior College. He will be attending the University of Florida soon to continue his studies in journalism and film. His goal is to either pursue a writing career in entertainment, sports or perhaps both, but his dream is to write and direct his own movies. Recently, he's been devouring classic films, American and foreign. His favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock. If he had to make a top 10 list of the greatest films of all time, they would be: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather I and II, Vertigo, The Third Man, Schindler's List, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raging Bull, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and City Lights. He runs his own movie review website,

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