Though I would never wish for it to be remade, Gregory Hoblit’s 2000 sci-fi drama Frequency just didn’t satisfy me as much as I would have liked. Perhaps if I’d watch it again — as I’ve become a father long after losing my own — then maybe the emotional beats would matter more to me, but at the time, I was just looking for a snazzy time travel flick, and the result was a tad too schmaltzy.
Frequency‘s plotline is at least in the same ballpark as Capsule, a sci-fi spec script that was just picked up by 20th Century Fox. It was penned by Ian Shorr, best known among horror fans for writing Toby Wilkins’ 2008 minimalist monster movie Splinter, and to sci-fi fans for the 2009 web series Trenches. He also has a futuristic adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo in the works right now, simply titled Cristo.
Should the film go through, it will be produced by John Zaozirny and Hutch Parker Entertainment, with Matthias Hoene attached as director. Hoene’s only feature was last year’s better-than-average Cockneys vs. Zombies, so I guess we can all be happy he’s not putting another zombie film into the clogged-up undead stratosphere.
The script — which was actually based on a short story written by Hoene — focuses on “a young man whose life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self. ” There are a thousand different ways this story could be told the wrong way, but there’s more than a slight chance these can hit some good notes.