Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Adapting Thirteenth Hour
by Alex Billington
March 4, 2009
Could this be the next Wanted? New Line things so! Screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (pictured above), who, like Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers), have become two of the biggest writers in Hollywood, are set to adapt a forthcoming novel called "The Thirteenth Hour" being written by Richard Doetsch. The thriller follows a man accused of murdering his wife who gets to go back in time -- in one-hour increments over 12 hours -- with the chance to stop his wife's killer. The book has been referred to as "a fast-paced thriller with a supernatural twist and characters who really pop."
I wish we knew more about this, but then again, a good screenplay is usually enough to indicate that this might be a good movie in the end. Michael De Luca, of Zathura, Ghost Rider, 21, and The Love Guru most recently, is producing for New Line. Brandt and Haas' screenplays that put them in the spotlight were 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma, and Wanted, but they've since been attached to write the Wanted sequels as well as projects like The Courier, Spy Hunter, The Matarese Circle, Beverly Hills Cop IV, and The A-Team. Let's just hope their latest work is as good as their first few screenplays that made them so successful.