Riddick helmer David Twohy is heading back to the sci-fi landscape, as Deadline reports he’s in the crosshairs for Relativity’s Replay. The studio purchased the then-untitled screenplay back in July from writer Joe Gazzam, and it’s gone through some stages in development since then as it has also landed a title.
The story follows a man called Tyler Vaughn, a test subject in a quantum experiment who’s sent four days into the future. Upon arrival he discovers his son has been killed and he’s being blamed for the murder. When that day ends, he’s taken back one day prior. When he realizes time is jumping backwards one day at a time, he vows to solve the mystery of his son’s death from happening on the day of the initial experiment.
It might sound a little confusing, but damn if it hasn’t got me excited. Time travel thrillers that are successful strive to work a unique story around the time travel device itself, and this sounds like it could achieve great things.
Twohy established himself as a serious genre filmmaker when he created the Riddick series. The first instalment, Pitch Black, emerged as a sleeper hit and spawned two sequels: 2004’s The Chronicles Of Riddick and 2013’s Riddick. This will be the first time the director has worked with Gazzam, who’s working hard to make himself known. The up-and-coming scribe is blazing a fast trail in Hollywood, after landing gigs re-writing the Cliffhanger reboot, and selling spec script Shadow Run to Sony. The synopsis for Replay alone has me intrigued, and I can’t wait to see what other ideas he’s yet to unveil.
Replay is scheduled to go into production in early 2015. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.