Ethan's Film Professor Sets Up Time Travel Thriller at Focus Features
by Ethan Anderton
July 26, 2013
Here's a news story that hits really close to home for this writer. While completing a major in film studies at Purdue University, one of my primary instructors and mentors in screenwriting and filmmaking was Jason Doty. As you might imagine, the film scene in West Lafayette, Indiana isn't exactly thriving, but Doty was always working on some sort of script. His screenplay Chevy Refugees was optioned by a smaller company some years ago, but the film hasn't gone into active development. But now Doty is making a big leap as a screenwriter with his first script sale to Focus Features with a new time travel thriller called Deprivation.
Doty once won the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award (which Fanboys director Kyle Newman also won) in 2000 while at Florida State University, and directed this short seen in movie theaters years ago:
As for Deprivation, Doty describes the film as "a cleverly plotted, puzzle of a thriller in the vein of Memento." The story follows a desperate man who, three days after his family dies mysteriously in a fire, discovers he can travel into the past, one day at a time, as as long as he never falls asleep. That sounds like just the kind of time travel movie we'd love to see, and knowing Doty's style and filmmaking sensibilities, we're thoroughly excited to see how the project comes together. Focus Features is currently looking for a director, and hopefully we'll hear more about this project soon. Sound good?