Steven Zaillian to direct a remake of Timecrimes?

News Ryan Lambie
19 Dec 2011 - 16:51

One of the most inventive sci-fi films of the last five years, Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes, may be getting a US remake from Steven Zaillian…

Nacho Vigalondo’s low-budget sci-fi thriller Timecrimes was brisk, inventive, and extremely creepy. About a middle-aged man whose idle moment of voyeurism draws him into a mind-bending, recursive travel through time that sees events, Timecrimes was a breathtaking debut for the Spanish director.

While we’re still waiting for a UK release of Vigalondo’s second feature, Extraterrestrial, a potentially great sci-fi comedy about a young couple who watch an alien invasion occur from the confines of their flat, along comes the news that writer and occasional director Steven Zaillian may be about to bring a US remake of Timecrimes to the screen.

While promoting his latest screenwriting project, David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Zaillian revealed that he hoped to direct his own version of Timecrimes.

"I also have been talking about the possibilities of directing this little film called Timecrimes, which is a movie that we are going to transplant to the United States," Zallian told Collider. "I think that would be a lot of fun and I would like to do it fast and cheap because I think that it is one of the few movies because of the way it was conceived you can do that and not sacrifice anything."

It’s said that Zaillian’s currently reworking a draft script originally written by someone called Tim Saxon, which will change the location of the original film, but maintain the same basic plot. “The setting will change,” Zaillian said, “but in terms of the big picture and big idea it is going to be the same.”

It’s early days for the remake yet, but given Zaillian’s talents as a writer and filmmaker, we’re intrigued to see what he does with it.


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