After penning the script for such high-profile films as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" and "Moneyball", acclaimed screenwriter/filmmaker Steven Zaillian is set to serve behind the lens for another adaptation movie. The Oscar-winning scribe has revealed his interest to direct a Hollywood take on Spanish sci-fi film called "Timecrimes".
Speaking to Collider during the press junket of "Dragon Tattoo" in New York on Saturday, December 17, Zaillian shared that he has been in talks to helm the film. He said, "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."
"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," he added. "It is four character, two locations, and it all takes place in real time in about an hour and a half. That would be a lot of fun for me, to try and do something really fast."
Of the plot details, Zaillian said that the movie will maintain the roots of the original Spanish version. "I think it will be similar. The brilliance of that story is in the idea. The basic idea is that a guy relives half an hour of his life three times," he said. "It is such a big idea and a great idea that I'm not going to change that."
"The setting will change. I will co-write in a way that...there is actually a guy called Tim Sacon, who wrote a draft of it," he continued. "It will change, but in terms of the big picture and big idea it is going to be the same."
Being developed at DreamWorks, "Timecrimes" follows a man who sees a girl in the woods, follows her trail, and ends up in a machine that loops him back one hour in time. Things are getting more difficult as he deals with the situation. The original version of the film was released in 2007 and was directed by Nacho Vigalondo. The remake, meanwhile, is expected to be released in the U.S. sometime in 2012.