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Ben Ripley, the writer of the excellent sci-fi thriller Source Code, has another high-concept sci-fi pic headed our way, thanks to Netflix. The streaming service has scooped up Ripley’s spec script Parallel, which is described as a “heist story that takes place across parallel universes.” Rideback, a production house run by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich that worked on the Netflix film The Two Popes, will produce Parallel.

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Briefly: Here’s one to test your devotion to early ’90s movies and remakes thereof. Joel Schumacher‘s medical/supernatural thriller Flatliners is the latest film in line for a remake, and Ben Ripley, who wrote Source Code, has been hired to write it.

That’s all the info there is right now; check out a trailer for the original after the break. Read More »

Duncan Jones, the man who made Moon (as his Twitter name states) is back with his sophomore film, Source Code. The mind-bending sci-fi film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens, a military captain who somehow finds himself inside the body of another man for the final eight minutes of his life. In that time, he has to find out who blew up a train full of passengers before the bomber strikes again. Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright, the film just had its world premiere at South by Southwest and will open everywhere on April 1. If you’re exceedingly excited for the movie, Yahoo has posted the first five minutes, which really do suck you in. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Screenwriter Ben Ripley had a couple of credits on DTV Species sequels in the mid-’00s, but with Source Code about to hit theaters he’s got his first really major script out in front of audiences. The film is earning some solid reviews at SXSW, so it is no surprise to see some of Ben Ripley’s other work getting put into development.

Australian director Shane Abbess is now set to direct his script 7th Day, a sci-fi thriller, which is based on a story that the two men created together. Read More »


Set for production in the first quarter of next year is sci-fi thriller Source Code with Duncan Jones (Moon) set to direct and Jake Gyllenhaal in the starring role. This puts Mute and Escape From The Deep to one side, at least for a while but it at definitely seems like a fascinating story and well worth Jones’ attentions as well as being in-step with his noted inspirations.

The Source Code script has had some revisions done by Billy Ray but was originally written by Ben Ripley. Having read Ripley’s draft, I can give you some information on the film’s clever premise.

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