Zaillian Keen On Directing “Timecrimes”

Oscar-winning scribe Steve Zaillian, whose most current work is adapting the script for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” which opens tonight in the United States, says he’s considering stepping into the director’s chair on the remake of Spanish cult sci-fi thriller “Timecrimes” set up at Dreamworks Pictures.

Nacho Vigalondo’s original follows a man who repeatedly goes back in time an hour in an attempt to alter the events of a crime. Zaillian came onboard to write the remake back in January. While no director was set at the time, David Cronenberg had previously been linked as a potential candidate. The Canadian helmer however dismissed the talk the other month.

Zaillian tells Coming Soon that “That’s something I might direct but I don’t know. We have to cast it, but it’s a tricky one, because I want to make it really low budget. I don’t want to do a really big budgeted film for that. I think part of its appeal is that it’s kind of a low budget thriller, but it’s even hard to get that made without a major actor, so the trick is to find the right actor that doesn’t suddenly push the budget up into the 20s or 30s. I’d like to make it for 10 million bucks. You look at it and it’s one of the rare opportunities where you have four characters, two locations, why do you need to spend $40 million dollars? This is a gift, this is a story that you wouldn’t want to tell any differently, and it happens to be an economical way to go.”

Zaillian’s other writing credits include “Schindler’s List”, “Moneyball,” “Mission Impossible”, “Gangs of New York,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “The Interpreter,” “Hannibal” and “American Gangster”. He previously wrote and directed “All the King’s Men,” “A Civil Action” and “Searching for Bobby Fischer”.