Oscar winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian is looking to direct the remake of the 2007 time travel Spanish film Timecrimes. Zallian has written a ton of great films such as Schindler's List, Mission: Impossible, Gangs of New York, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and several more films. He's also written and directed Searching for Bobby Fisher, A Civil Action and All the Kings Men. That's quite an impressive resume.
Earlier this year the talented screenwriter was hired by DreamWorks to write the script for Timecrimes. It's cool that he may have the option on jumping into the directors chair. Timecrimes seems like a project that is very different from any of the other films that he's worked on in his career. It seems like a step back, but maybe he's doing it because it is different, and will be fun for him to develop. The news came from Zaillian himself in a recent interview with comingsoon in which he explained how he wants to bring the film to life.
That's something I might direct but I don't know. We have to cast it, but it's a tricky one, because I want to make it really low budget. I don't want to do a really big budgeted film for that. I think part of its appeal is that it's kind of a low budget thriller, but it's even hard to get that made without a major actor, so the trick is to find the right actor that doesn't suddenly push the budget up into the 20s or 30s. I'd like to make it for 10 million bucks. You look at it and it's one of the rare opportunities where you have four characters, two locations, why do you need to spend $40 million dollars? This is a gift, this is a story that you wouldn't want to tell any differently, and it happens to be an economical way to go.
This is one of those moments where I have to say, if the movie has a s"tory that you wouldn't want to tell any differently" then why is it being remade in the first place? The first Timecrimes film is fine the way it is. But, the movie will still get made, and it will be interesting to see this Oscar winning writer/directors take on the material. What do you tall think?