Amidst the masses of media releases being churned out by international sales companies on the eve of Cannes is the news that Arclight is preselling Michael and Peter Spierig’s science fiction thriller Predestination in Cannes.
Attached to the film is Ethan Hawke, who worked with the directing brothers on the Australian vampire picture Daybreakers.
Producers Patrick McDonald and Tim McGahan are working with executive producer Vince Gerardis, who has that credit on the US TV series Game of Thrones.
The Predestination storyline focuses on a temporal agent who must recruit his younger self, while pursuing the one criminal who has eluded him throughout time, so that his law enforcement career can continue for all eternity.
The film is based on the Robert A Heinlein short story All You Zombies but is not a zombie flick.
“This is one of our favourite short stories for the simple fact that we can confidently say: this is unlike anything you've ever read before,” said the Spierig Brothers in a statement.
“The short is on many sci-fi lists as one of the greatest short stories of all time, and the mother of all time paradox tales. Heinlein is considered one of the great science fiction masters along side Phillip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke.”
Daybreakers grossed more than $50 million worldwide, $30 million of which came from North America.
IF Magazine reported late last year that the Spierig Brothers’ film Jungle was not going ahead as planned and that the Screen Australian investment had lapsed.