Ethan Hawke Will Time Travel Through Predestination, A Robert A. Heinlein Adaptation

By Brent McKnight | 9 years ago

The writer/director tag team known as the Spierig Brothers (brothers Michael and Peter, go figure) first popped up on the radar with the 2003 zombie, alien, horror comedy Undead. There were some moments in that low-budget genre romp, but there were just as many holes. Next they tackled vampires with Daybreakers in 2010. And now they’re set to bounce around in time with a time travel movie called Predestination.

Predestination is in pre-production, though Sony Pictures Worldwide just snapped up the domestic and international rights at Cannes. The Brothers are reteaming with their Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke, and filming will take place in a land down under starting early in 2013.

Predestination is based on a 1959 short story by Robert A. Heinlein called “All You Zombies,” though the Spierigs go to great lengths to assure you that this is not a zombie story, calling it, “unlike anything you’ve ever read before.” You may know Heinlein from a little book I like to call Starship Troopers, among other many other things. He’s often counted among the greats in twentieth-century science fiction writers.

The story “chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers.” That sounds somewhat different from the source material, in which a series of time travel paradoxes lead to characters interacting with versions of themselves from different life stages. There are sex changes, time travelling kidnappings, and, my personal favorite moment, a character impregnating himself, or herself.

Here’s hoping that Predestination sticks closer to Heinlein’s story. That would make for one hell of a mind-bending sci-fi movie full of sexual identity issues and weirdness. The description sounds another time travel action flick. We already have Looper coming out soon for that. And we can always re-watch Time Cop of Minority Report.