Ethan Hawke is set to reteam with his Daybreakers directors The Spierig Brothers, time-travel actioner Predestination. Based on the 1959 Robert Heinlein short story “All You Zombies,” this one concerns a covert temporal manipulation agency that’s tasked with jumping into the past to prevent/facilitate certain key events. Hawke will play an agent who must take highly inventive action to ensure his very existence. The original Heinlein story is a witty, mind-bending temporal-paradox that plays heavily with perspective. It’s unclear at this point exactly how closely the film will follow it; hopefully, the answer is: to the letter. Because, without spoiling anything, this one’s got a doozy of a last-act reveal. Hit the jump for more.
Per Variety, production will begin in Australia in early 2013. Arclight Films will produce. Michael and Peter Spierig showed a lot of visual panache with sci-fi- vampire flick Daybreakers, which I assume will be put to better use here with a more engaging narrative. This will be their third time in helmer’s chair, having made their debut back in 2003 with campy zombie flick Undead.
As for Hawke, he’s got plenty more sci-fi on the way, being set to appear this summer in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot with Colin Farell and Jessica Biel, as well as the 2013-dropping Vigilandia with Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey. He’s also preparing to shoot the comedy Epic with Ben Kingsley. And, of course, there’s his latest (and still yet to be completed) collaboration with director Richard Linklater, the drama Boyhood, which has seen the two “making a short film once a year for nine years [that] follows the life of a little boy from the time he’s six to his eighteen.”