Fox to time travel with Proyas, Brown

Pic is twist on time travel concept, writer-director sez

Twentieth Century Fox has picked up an untitled pitch by writer-director Alex Proyas and scribe Jerrold E. Brown, who will develop the time travel project as a future directing vehicle for Proyas.

The filmmakers and studio execs are keeping a tight lid on specific details about the project’s storyline. Proyas, reached at his Sydney-based offices, would allow only that the project “is a twist on the old time travel concept and is set in an alternative world where something went terribly wrong and our heroes are out to fix it.”

Brown is writing the screenplay; and Proyas will produce along with Tophor Dow for Tom Rothman’s 20th film division.

Proyas is writing with Dave Warner a comedy titled “Losers,” which is not yet set up at a studio, but could be the next directorial outing for the “The Crow” and “Dark City” helmer. He and writer Stewart Hazeldine also are developing an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” at Fox 2000.

Proyas and producing partner Andrew Mason’s Mystery Clock Cinema also has a first-look deal at New Line Cinema, which released “Dark City.”

Proyas said he first took note of Brown after reading the latter’s screenplay “Lobo,” a humorous sci-fi adventure set up at Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures. Brown also penned a draft of “Romeo Must Die,” the upcoming release from Warners and Silver; as well as the action-adventure “Field Test,” which is in development at Morgan Creek Prods.

Proyas and Brown are repped by International Creative Management.

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