One of this year’s most talked about films, Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise, relied heavily on the premise of a soldier trapped in a never-ending time loop, struggling over and over again to put things right. This new entry into the science fiction genre made quite an impression on audiences and critics alike, even though it wasn’t a hit domestically. But back in 2011, another director explored the same idea in a very different kind of movie.
In Source Code (directed by Moon and Warcraft‘s Duncan Jones), Jake Gyllenhaal played Captain Colter Stevens, a soldier trapped in another man’s body while attempting to learn the identity of a bomber on a commuter train. The timelines he experiences are supposedly not real, since the teacher he inhabits has already died in the explosion. Yet by the movie’s end, we learn that not everything is as it seems, and soon we may learn there is even more to the story.
Variety is reporting that screenwriter Ben Ripley is returning to write Source Code 2. The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures, producers of the original film, are financing the project. Gordon has hired Anna Foerster to direct the follow-up.
Gordon and Foerster first worked together on 10,000 B.C. and The Day After Tomorrow. They’ve also collaborated on a number of episodes of Criminal Minds and Army Wives. More recently, Foerster directed four episodes of Starz’s new fantasy series Outlander, and she’s next set to direct her first feature film, Secret Hunter.
There is no actor or studio currently attached to the project, but Gyllenhaal is not expected to return to the role. The last time we heard about Source Code, CBS was adapting the film for TV. That plan seems to have gone away, but it’s possible a similar concept to that of the series will be used in the sequel.
The series was supposed to follow three former federal agents as they’re transported into the bodies of people caught up in devastating events. Each week, they’d attempt to stop different perpetrators from committing crimes, in the process saving countless lives. Still, it’s safe to say that most people interested in Source Code 2 would probably rather see a film that takes place where the last one left off.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Yay or nay on Source Code 2? Can Ripley can bring the same magic to a sequel? And what do you think about Foerster directing? Let us know in the comments.
In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on the latest with Source Code 2.