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SPWA acquires Ethan Hawke thriller

'Predestination' from Michael and Peter Spierig

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired domestic and select international rights to Michael and Peter Spierig’s sci-fi action-thriller “Predestination,” which will reunite the siblings with their “Daybreakers” star Ethan Hawke.

The Spierig brothers wrote the original screenplay, which chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers.

Directing duo will produce with Brisbane-based Patrick Mc Donald of Wolfhound Pictures and Tim McGahan of Blacklab Entertainment. Pic is slated to start production early next year in Australia.

“Predestination is based on the classic Robert A. Heinlein short story ‘All you Zombies.’ No, it’s not a Zombie flick but it’s one of our favorite short stories and is unlike anything you’ve ever read before,” said the Spierig brothers. “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 alongside Phillip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke.”

SPWA’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz and Lejo Pet negotiated the deal with Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton, Chris Perry and Clay Epstein, along with Graham Taylor at WME Global, which handled pic’s sales.

The Spierig brothers previously helmed “Daybreakers” which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to gross over $50 million worldwide.

Hawke will soon be seen in Scott Derrickson’s “Sinsiter” and James DeMonaco’s “Vigilandia,” both of which were produced by Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”).

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