As I think we’ve made abundantly clear in the past, we’ve got a couple of serious Heinlein fans puttering around in GFR’s super-secret orbital satellite headquarters. Heinlein’s works have yet to be really explored by Hollywood in the way, say, Philip K. Dick’s have, and he’s got plenty of material that could make for a great movie. Will the upcoming Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke and based on a Heinlein short story, achieve greatness? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the mean time it’s got a pretty kickass poster.
Predestination will adapt Heinlein’s 1959 short story, “All You Zombies.” In spite of the title, this isn’t an attempt to jump on the zombie bandwagon (incidentally, the zombie bandwagon takes for-friggin-ever to get anywhere). The official synopsis of the film is semi-spoilery, so we’ll stick it down at the bottom of the post. Suffice to say Hawke will be playing a temporal enforcement agent, and it sounds sort of like a mix between the plots of Looper and Minority Report. Hopefully it will wind up closer to those two rather than, say, Time Cop.
The film is being helmed by the Australian directing duo (and twins) known as the Spierig Brothers. Michael and Peter first got people’s attention with the 2003 zombie flick Undead, then went on to write and direct the 2009 vampire movie Daybreakers (which, appropriately enough, starred Ethan Hawke). I loved the world-building and conceptual work in Daybreakers, even if the story itself was kind of a letdown. Hopefully they’ll give Heinlein his due with Predestination.
And now, here’s the official synopsis. Last chance to bail out if you want to remain spoiler-free.
A riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.
PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.