Hidden Figures filmmaker Theodore Melfi is in final negotiations to direct time travel adventure Harry’s All-Night Burgers for Warner Bros. Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will be based on the 1987 Hugo Award-winning short story Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Burgers by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
The script by Steve Desmond and Michael Anthony Sherman made the 2018 Black List, which is an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. The script has been described in the vein of Back to the Future and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
In the story, a down-on-his-luck high school senior discovers that the old roadside diner outside of town is secretly a hangout for parallel universe travelers. He sets off on a mind-bending adventure across the multiverse that takes him beyond his wildest dreams.
Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) will produce via his Mad Chance production banner. Ben Simpson is co-producing. Cate Adams and Paul Perez are shepherding for the studio.