In early 1934 - reputedly on the back of a picture postcard and in a teashop in Bournemeouth - H.G. Wells signed an impromptu contract to adapt four of his novels or short stories for the film producer Alexander Korda. Two years later, after the first of them, Things to Come premiered, Wells bitterly confided in his diary:

"It was a huge disillusionment. It was, I saw plainly, pretentious, clumsy and scamped. I had fumbled with it. My control over the production had been ineffective..."

After hasty reshoots, the second film - The Man Who Could Work Miracles - appeared a few months later, but the other two ultimately went unmade.

Vastly expanded from the viewing notes for the Network DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Things to Come, and drawing on multiple contemporary and archive sources, 100 Years From Now tells the full story of the troubled production and unhappy after-life of Things to Come, and the other Wells adaptations.



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