30 Year Old Story Gets a Modern Makeover in the "Timeliner Trilogy"
Good science fiction from 1979 makes great science fact in 2011
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Oct. 21, 2011 - PRLog -- Writer/Director Robert H. Gwinn has obtained the screen rights to the science fiction book series “The Timeliner Trilogy”. Written by author Richard C. Meredith in 1973 and published shortly after Meredith’s death in 1979 by Playboy Press the three novels were well received at the time by critics but were virtually lost to readers over the years. Meredith only published six novels before his death and didn’t have time to build a large following, however, those who did read his works have been loyal to his stories for more than thirty years. Las year, following the completion of his first feature film “Renovation” Gwinn contacted the estate of the late author and requested permission to adapt the trilogy, “At the Narrow Passage” “No Brother No Friend” and “Vestages of Time”. Meredith’s widow, Joy Celia Meredith was excited to have her husband’s books brought up to date and repackaged for a new audience. “Joy and I spoke for several hours,” Gwinn says, “I told her about my vision for the trilogy and how much I respected her husband’s work.” Gwinn wrote the first screenplay adaptation and hosted a script read which was attended by Mrs. Meredith via internet from her home in Alabama. I was very impressed with what Robert had done.” Meredith commented, “It was different from the books in all the right ways.” Gwinn said he was careful not to stray from the storyline but made changes that would reflect a more modern world view. The writer/director recently completed the second book to script adaptation and is eager to finish the third installment. Gwinn says that Meredith was ahead of his time is regards to the science. The TImeliner Trilogy deals with a paramilitary group that travels across parallel universes, referred to as “Timelines”, in order to prevent a coming invasion by an alien race. The hero soon discovers that motives aren’t what they seem and that a race from another timeline, the Krith, has their own agenda. “There is a lot of real science in this science fiction.” Gwinn told us. “Meredith was writing about pan dimensional crossroads and quantum physics long before that sort of thing was understood by the general public.” He went on to say that even now the theoretical science of cross-line travel is going to be a difficult thing to translate to film and that he is working hard to avoid making this hard core science fiction epic into anything cheesy or campy. The studio website http://www.rampantentertainment.com/TIMELINER_TRILOGY as well as the Facebook Fan Page (TImeliner Trilogy Page) are set up to not only promote the future film project but also to increase awareness of the novels, which have been out of print for three decades, though still readily available through sites like Amazon.