John Ridley is a filmmaker in demand. After nabbing an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay three years ago with 12 Years a Slave, the writer-director has been involved in a raft of wildly diverse projects, from the politically charged miniseries Guerrilla to American Crime, which is now in the midst of its third season on ABC.
And now, just as his Los Angeles riots documentary Let it Fall prepares to release via ABC and select theaters, John Ridley has closed a deal to write and direct his next project: time-travel pic Needle in a Timestack. An adaptation of Robert Silverberg’s riveting short story, the plot orbits around “a devoted husband who will stop at nothing to save his marriage when it is destroyed by a time traveling rival.” Cue the paradoxes and mind-bending timelines, though there’s currently no mention of casting at this time.
Behind the scenes, Deadline reports that Vince Gerardis (Game of Thrones) and Matt Kennedy will executive produce, with David Thwaites overseeing on behalf of Miramax. When you consider that Showtime’s Guerrilla series is gearing up for its UK premiere today, April 13th – those across the pond can expect the hard-hitting British drama to bow on Sunday, April 16th – John Ridley is unlikely to give Needle in a Timestack his full attention for another couple of months, by which point we’ll surely have an understanding of the film’s core cast.
Robert Silverberg’s short sci-fi story is bound for the silver screen with John Ridley behind the lens, but what’s your knee-jerk reaction to the news that Needle in a Timestack is getting the big screen treatment? You can let us know in the usual spot, below.