"Babylon 5" creator and "World War Z" scribe J. Michael Straczynski has been granted directly the option for a film adaptation of iconic sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's 1965 short story "Repent, Harlequin".
The story is set in a highly regulated society, where being a minute late shortens your life expectancy, a place where the 'Ticktock Man' rules. Everett C. Marm is an ordinary man who disguises himself as the anarchical 'Harlequin' and engages in whimsical rebellion.
This marks the first time Ellison has allowed a film to be developed based on the story. Straczynski had to deliver a finished screenplay to Ellison of which the author approved. Only then did Ellison grant the option.