Timecrimes Remake Aiming for David Cronenberg?
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?