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Timecrimes Remake Aiming for David Cronenberg?

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May 14, 2008
Source: BlogdeCine

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I hate to continue talking about more speculative, unconfirmed news, but it's all too good to pass up! We've been following United Artists' remake of Timecrimes since it was first announced at Sundance in January. After picking up the rights to a remake, UA assigned Children of Men screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton to draft a new script. Now news comes from the original film's director, Nacho Vigalondo, who stated in a recent interview that David Cronenberg (of Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises) is circling the remake. Detail are sketchy on whether this is just Vigalondo's dream choice or whether he is actually in talks to direct. Cronenberg, regarded one of the great horror-thriller masters, most recently directed Eastern Promises but doesn't have anything on his slate yet.

BlogdeCine recently interviewed Vigalondo, where he not only mentioned Cronenberg, but also said that he would love to see either Kurt Russell or Bruce Willis in the lead role. Again, it's unclear whether this is real news coming from UA or whether this is just Vigalondo's hope. I'd love to see either Russell or Willis in that role, too, but I don't exactly know how big of a production this remake will be. Vigalondo also mentioned that he is partial to Adam Brody for the role of the scientist in the film.

Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) is about about a man who travels back in time nearly an hour in order to prevent a serious crime. A man who accidentally travels back into the past and meets himself. A naked girl in the middle of the forest. A mysterious stranger with his face wrapped in a pink bandage. A disquieting mansion on the top of a hill. All of them pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle where terror, drama and suspense will lead to an unthinkable crime.

I'll be honest - I'm really not a fan of David Cronenberg… at all. I'm not all too familiar with his work, which is why I'll leave all discussion this up to those who are fans of his, but I wasn't impressed with Eastern Promises. Everyone was saying it was good, so I saw it, and it was terrible. The only reason it was watchable was Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen pulled off serviceable performances, but other than that Cronenberg directed a pile of crap. Since that experience I have not been inclined to actually watch any of his other films, but people tell me that his older work is far superior. However, I will say, for some reason, Cronenberg does seem like the perfect fit for Timecrimes.

We'll be sure to update you on this speculation and this remake once we hear more. Does Cronenberg sound like a perfect fit for this remake to you, too?

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  • Matt Peloquin
    Wow...I can't believe you didn't like Eastern Promises...(at the risk of sounding incredibly gay) Viggo's naked fight scene was phenomenal. Could you elaborate more as to what you didn't like? I thought the film had a decent amount of action and a great storyline with plot twists I never saw coming. After Viggo "processed" the body I would have never guessed he was a cop... As I remember when this film originally came out you were recommending it, but I could be mistaken...
  • YOU DIDN'T EVEN "LIKE" EASTERN PROMISES?!?!?! Naomi Watts #1!!!!
  • Oh, this was one of the films at Philyl film Fest I missed too :(
  • mos
    dude, if u havent seen the fly, crash, or history of violence then the name cronenberg means nothing to you
  • Kyle A. K.
    Seriously..you didn't like Eastern Promises because...?? To me it was one of the best films I have seen in a long time. It is completely timeless, the style will age extremely well. The movie had no real product placement I can think of. The movie didn't try to be over the top in terms of gore, it was accurate, and the climax, the fight with Viggo was one of the best paced, most realistic fight sequences in any movie regardless of genre. Seriously I am shocked at you not liking that movie. I can not name any real faults. The acting from the worse actors in the movie was still alright. To me that movie will remain a classic, and an expirence that I will compare most other movies with.
  • Dupa
    wow your Cronenberg comment is beyond ridiculous. hell the whole article makes very little sense. Firstly, it seems odd that an apparent movie buff is not familiar with Cronenberg's work. Then you somehow admit that Cronenberg would be a perfect fit for Timecrimes...how exactly did you reason that? How can you come up with such a comment when you have never really seen Cronenberg's movies? Really baffling comment to make.
  • chris
    here we go again (look back at the John Woo comment!) How can any serious film critic or film buff seriously say they haven't really seen any of Cronenbergs work??? Thats over 30 years of cult classic movies missed out on...i'm not the biggest film buff, and i don't write about films for a living, yet even i've seen most of his work from late 70's onwards (and i'm not exactly old at 25) Eastern Promises was good, and actually one of his more straightforward and accessable works. Alex, here is your homework for this weekend...you MUST go and watch the following: A History of Violence Videodrome Scanners The Fly Report back on Monday!
  • Nunya
    Regarding Eastern Promises you say "that Cronenberg directed a pile of crap." And yet it has a Freshness rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. You also emphatically state "I'm really not a fan of David Cronenberg… at all." But immediately follow with "I'm not all too familiar with his work..." We've all heard the Opinions Are Like Assholes comment, but lately I've come to believe yours stinks more than most.

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