Hartnett & McGuigan Reteam for Time Travel Film 'Tomorrow'
Sigh. Director Paul McGuigan and actor Josh Hartnett have worked together twice - on Lucky Number Slevin in 2006 and Wicker Park in 2004 before that. McGuigan didn't cast him when he directed Push from last year, but word is the two may be teaming up again for another new project. Our friends at Quiet Earth are reporting that Hartnett will star in McGuigan's newest project titled Tomorrow. Written by newcomer Michael Gould, it's about a man stuck traveling through time and space who's trying to prevent the murder of his family. As is the case in any time travel movie, I'm sure he learns that there's not much he can change.
Here's an alternate version of the film's logline that presents the concept in a different way: "Max Martin (Hartnett) is desperate to save his family on the day of their murder but he can't control the short-term time travel phenomenon he's trapped in." Very interesting. I'm curious what the time travel hook is, as that's one of the reasons I thought The Time Traveler's Wife was so bland, is that there was nothing to it except that he randomly jumped through time. Big deal. So is Tomorrow as simple as Groundhog's Day or is there a device or some futuristic twist involved? I like the concept, just wondering if there is more to it than was revealed.
So what was that sigh for at the beginning? Well, Paul McGuigan isn't a great director. In fact, I absolutely hated Lucky Number Slevin (that's a story for another day) and although I thought Push also had a unique concept, we all know that everyone hated that movie in the end. So I'm sighing because, yet again, this is a great concept that I think we'll only get a mediocre movie out of because Paul McGuigan is directing. I really want this to be good and I'm trying to be optimistic, but how much hope is there? Hartnett has been laying low for a while as well, but has a few films coming up like Bunraku, Stuck Between Stations and Gunslinger.