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New Dogs, Old Tricks

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 9, 2009 | Comments ()

And now, the news:

Not too many folks saw Duncan Jones' low-budget sci-fi Moon, which is a shame. Although I personally didn't love it, I was nevertheless impressed with what Jones did with so little money, and it established him as one of the brightest up-and-coming directors in Hollywood (and yes: he's the son of David Bowie).

He has a leg up on his next project already. Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to Source Code, which has a certain Groundhog Day quality about it. It's about a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it. At one time, Topher Grace was attached, but the project has undergone several changes since 2007, and the Ben Ripley screenplay was recently revised by State of Play's Billy Ray.

Josh Tyler over at Cinemablend got a look at the original screenplay (before Ray's revisions) and describes it, in sum, as "a taut and fast paced little thriller which uses a two very simple settings to craft a tense and mysterious sci-fi story. But if you really want to distill it down to its most basic form, Source Code is Groundhog Day meets Deja vu." It's a sci-fi film, too, so it's right in Jones' wheelhouse. And if you're going to rip off a movie conceit, you could do a lot worse than Groundhog Day, so long as it avoids getting bogged down in the repetitive nature of the conceit. I suspect that Duncan Jones won't have a problem keeping it lively.

(Note: I specifically used the gayest picture of Jake Gyllenhaal I could find. How'd I do?)

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