Spike Lee Helms Time Traveler

Lee adapts memoirs of Ronald Mallett for the big screen…


Spike Lee will co-write and direct ‘Time Traveler,’ a feature adaptation of a memoir by Ronald Mallett, one of the nation’s first African-Americans to earn a Ph.D in theoretical physics.

Lee acquired ‘Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality”with his own money and has set up the project through his Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks banner.

Mallett, who wrote the book with Bruce Henderson, recounts his rise from poverty to a distinguished academic and scientific career, and it lays out the technical specs for what Mallett envisions as a workable time machine. Developing a time machine became an obsession for Mallett from the age of 10 after his father’s death. His goal was to travel back in time to save his father.


Speaking to press, Lee called ‘Time Traveler’ a “fantastic story on many levels (and) also a father and son saga of loss and love.”


EXTRAs: Lee recently completed ‘Miracle at St. Anna,’ based on a novel about members of the U.S. Army’s 92nd Division of all-black buffalo soldiers who become trapped in Italy during WWII. It is expected in cinemas later this year.