Timecrimes Remake Nabs Children of Men's Timothy J. Sexton
One the (many) films we missed at Sundance this year was a Spanish midnight movie called Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes). Not only did we hear fairly good things from our friends who saw it, but it was also announced during Sundance that United Artist had picked up the rights to remake it. The film, made on a shoestring budget, is a jigsaw-style thriller about a man who accidentally travels back in time one hour and finds himself facing multiple dangers, including his own doppelganger. News today announces that Timothy J. Sexton, the screenwriter who penned the Children of Men script, will adapt the film for the remake.
Unfortunately the indie film doesn't have much buzz coming out of Sundance - not enough people had the chance to see it. Here is a more specific description for those slightly confused by what exactly Timecrimes is about. 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'm sure we can guess that Sexton will work the remake into something with a much more intricate, and more expensive, plot. He was hired due to the "strength of his work" on Children of Men, however I don't recall the script being the most brilliant aspect of that movie - but maybe I'm remembering wrong? Timecrimes writer/director Nacho Vigalondo stated in an interview back at Sundance that, "I really want, to be honest, to see a better ['Timecrimes'] from them because this is my first movie. I don't want my first to be 'the perfect film' - if they do a better movie, it would be amazing." Steven Zaillian (All the King's Men) and Agnes Metre are producing the remake.
We'll definitely be keeping our eye on this project as well as looking out for an opportunity to catch the original Spanish film sometime this year.
I just saw this at our local film festival. I highly recommend going out of your way to see the original. It's a great mysterious story that unravels more and more by the minute, it keeps you excited and intrigued the whole way through. The audience loved it also. However, I think that the picture used at the beginning of the blog reveals too much.
John on Apr 14, 2008
I agree John, it's best to only talk with people who've seen the movie. It has a fantastic sense of humor about the time-twist genre -- it's that much more fun because it becomes so convoluted and ridiculous. Alex, I've seen it in preview for the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and definitely recommend it. Tight little movie, both in narrative and in scope. Here's the summary if you care to check it out: http://meetinthelobby.com/festival-spotlight-three-from-indie-film-fest-boston.html Later guys.
Norm S. on Apr 14, 2008
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