EW Staff
June 18, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

(FROM VARIETY) — Spike Lee with cowrite and direct Time Traveler, an adaptation of a memoir by Ronald Mallett, a professor at the University of Connecticut who was one of the first African-Americans to earn a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Mallett’s book, Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, recounts his journey from poverty to wide academic acclaim — and his lifetime obsession with inventing a time machine. (Mallett was 10 years old when is father died, and his goal has been to go back in time to save him.) Variety quotes Lee as saying that Time Traveler is a ”fantastic story on many levels [and] also a father and son saga of loss and love.” The filmmaker recently completed Miracle at St. Anna, a film about black soldiers in World War II that will hit theaters in the fall. (Variety)

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