Is Time Machine In Trouble? Orlando Jones states that given director Simon Wells' departure from The Time Machine, he's not sure that Dreamworks can complete the troubled picture in time for its intended Christmas Day release. "I don't know how they're going to get that film out," Jones said. "I was pretty sure that Simon was going to burn out," Jones said. "It's his first live-action film. He was shooting all day and editing all night because The Time Machine is [due] out in December." Wells is the grandson of The Time Machine author H.G. Wells and previously directed the animated features Casper 2 and The Prince of Egypt. Gore Verbinski (Mouse Hunt) took over the project after an exhausted Wells dropped out, but Jones--who shares the screen in The Time Machine with Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons and Mark Addy--said he did not work with the new director.