Time Cop


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The twisty, time­trav­el­ling thriller from The Spierig Brothers I T’S ADAPTED FROM A SHORT STORY

1 Pre­des­ti­na­tion is the third fea­ture from Ger­man- born, Aus­tralia- based writer- di­rec­tor sib­lings Michael and Peter Spierig, who de­buted with mi­cro- bud­geted zom­bie com­edy

Un­dead and im­pressed with blood­suck­ing hor­ror pic Day­break­ers. Adapted from Robert A Hein­lein’s 1958 mind- bend­ing short story “All You Zom­bies”, Pre­des­ti­na­tion tells of a time- trav­el­ling tem­po­ral agent on his fi­nal as­sign­ment: to hunt down an enig­matic ar­son­ist pegged “The Fiz­zle Bomber”.

“I thought the short story was quite ex­tra­or­di­nary and a time travel story un­like any­thing I’ve ever read,” says Peter Spierig. “It was so uniquely dif­fer­ent and though it was writ­ten in 1958 it still felt highly orig­i­nal now. We worked a thriller el­e­ment into the story, which wasn’t in the orig­i­nal short story and just kept build­ing on it.”


2 Hav­ing al­ready head­lined their vam­pire flick Day­break­ers, Hawke was a nat­u­ral first choice to take the mul­ti­di­men­sional lead of a tem­po­ral agent moon­light­ing as a bar­tender.

“Be­cause of our pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship with Ethan, we thought he would be great. We also had a good sense of his genre sen­si­bil­i­ties and knew he would be re­ally into this so we sent him the script on Thanks­giv­ing Day and the next day he sent us a mes­sage say­ing ‘ Tell us where and when and I’m in!’”


3 We’ve had Back To The Fu­ture’s souped up DeLorean and Primer’s home made con­trap­tion but the Spierigs wanted some­thing de­cid­edly sim­pler for their time travel de­vice – which takes the form of a rather neat at­taché styled vi­o­lin case.

“We talked ex­ten­sively about the time ma­chine and in the short story it’s like a net that gets thrown over peo­ple and we thought that wasn’t very in­ter­est­ing,” ad­mits Spierig. “We didn’t want the time travel el­e­ments to be a big deal. It was just go­ing to be the sim­plest thing we could do. We liked the idea that when they ar­rived in their time travel it af­fected the space around them and things moved.”


4 For Pre­des­ti­na­tion’s mono­chrome look the Spierigs were less in­spired by the plethora of re­cent time­trav­el­ling movies and more by the at­mo­spheric vi­su­als of 1940s film noir and Sam Men­des’ 2002 gang­ster thriller Road To Perdi­tion.

“Michael and I love world build­ing, it’s some­thing we’ve done in all our movies so far and it’s a lot of fun to do,” says Spierig. “We wanted to make it a unique ex­pe­ri­ence that’s dif­fer­ent to any movie you might have seen. Film noir was part of our de­sign aes­thetic and a lot of the ideas were from clas­sic film noir with the hat, the Tommy Gun and the case.”


Pre­des­ti­na­tion is re­leased na­tion­wide on Fri­day 5 De­cem­ber.

sci- fact! Robert A Hein­lein wrote “All You Zom­bies” in just one

day on 11 July 1958.

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