The 2007 Spanish film Time Crimes was well received by many of those that saw it. A kind of dark, crime noir version of Back to the Future Part II, Time Crimes takes the concept of personal time travel and wraps it around murder and predestination to come up with a premise that keeps viewers guessing as to what really happened.
In the original film a man takes a trip one hour into the past and gets wrapped up in the events of an accidental murder. Trying to fix the situation, the man takes another trip into the past to change events and prevent the murder, all the while trying to avoid bumping into his past selves and causing a paradox.
United Artists thought that Time Crimes was good material to remake for domestic audiences and the studio picked up the rights to do so three years back. Steve Zaillian, the screenwriter of A Civil Action, Awakenings, Hannibal, Gangs of New York and the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was a fan of the original Time Crimes and helped set the remake up at UA. A script by Tim Sexton was finished but the project failed to ignite at the studio. When the rights were up, Zaillian walked over to DreamWorks and has now set the project up there. He's also agreed to rewrite Sexton's script and give it a new coat of paint to attract an actor to the role of the story's main time-hopping character.
With another cerebral time travel mystery scheduled for release on April 15 (Source Code), a favorable showing at the box office for that Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle could drive momentum forward for the Time Crimes remake.
Here's the trailer for the original Time Crimes when it was released a couple of years ago by Magnet:
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