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Steve Zaillian May Possbily Direct American Remake of 'Timecrimes'

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December 19, 2011
Source: Collider

Steve Zaillian

Though you may better know his work on screenplays like Schindler's List, Gangs of New York and American Gangster, not to mention Oscar buzzworthy writing on both Moneyball and David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, writer Steve Zaillian has also stepped behind the camera a few times with films like Searching for Bobby Fischer, All the King's Men and A Civil Action. Now it sounds like he's in the midst of sitting in the director's chair again as Collider recently spoke to Zaillian who revealed that in addition to producing and writing the remake of Timecrimes set up at DreamWorks, he might also direct.

For those unfamiliar with Nacho Vigalondo's original film, here's a tease of the story:

A man being pursued by a murderer stumbles into a mysterious lab and accidentally travels back in time. A naked girl in the midst of the forest. A cloaked stranger with his face covered in bandages. 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 sort of crime. Who's the murderer? Who's the victim?

Zaillian has been attached to produce and write the remake since January, and here's what he had to say about the project and the potential of making the film his next directing gig as well:

“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.  It is four characters, 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.”

For those who may like the foreign film just the same without an American remake, you might be happy to know that this film sounds like it will have the same spirit and tone as the original. Zaillian says, "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.  It is such a big idea and a great idea that I’m not going to change that.  The setting will change.  I will write with Tim Sexton, who wrote the initial script.  It will change, but in terms of the big picture and big idea it is going to be the same.” When it comes to remakes, Zaillian delivered a solid script for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I have no doubt he can successfully bring this fantastic time traveling thriller to life in the United States.

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