NBC Plans TV Series Adaptation of Time Travel Thriller ‘Frequency’

By November 14, 2014

Adding to the massive pile of films that are being adapted into TV series across various networks, this time it’s the 2000 time travel thriller Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel that’s getting the small screen treatment.

THR reports that NBC is working on the adaptation of the film directed by Gregory Hobit and written by Toby Emmerich, which followed a cross-time radio link that connected a father and son, though the latter lives in a time after his father has died and decides to use this mysterious time travel anomaly to save his father’s life. But of course, there are consequences.

The series will use the same basic formula following an NYPD detective who ends up getting connected with his son 30 years in the future, but this time, the two work together to change the history of tragic events to come while healing their damaged relationship from the past. There’s probably still the chance that the death of the father could still come into play at some point, but it doesn’t seem to be the driving force this time.


It’s interesting that this adaptation is coming around now, because Frequency has been talked about somewhat frequently (no pun intended) since Interstellar hit theaters, mostly because of the similarities in the use of time travel and how sentimental the film is amongst the sci-fi elements. This actually sounds like a plot that could be used rather effectively on TV, maybe even moreso than the film itself.

“Supernatural” showrunner Jeremy Carver will write the adaptation for Warner Bros. Television in addition to executive producing with the film’s original writer Toby Emmerich, as well as John Rickard, Dan Lin, and Jennifer Gwartz. No word on who will direct the pilot just yet, but the project is just now developing so we’re sure to find out sometime down the road.

For those keeping track, Frequency joins a slew of other films being turned into TV series including Minority Report, Big, Uncle Buck, Hitch, The Illusionist, Limitless, Rush Hour, and a bunch more that we probably haven’t even heard of yet. Of course, not all of them will get picked up, and out of the ones that do, some are bound to get canceled. Stay tuned to see what else ends up on your TV in the coming years.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.