〉 The Feast duo take over writing duties on the sci-fi script, while Trevorrow will remain on board as a producer.
Writing team Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been tapped to rewrite Colin Trevorrow’s sci-fi action spec METRONOME, sources have confirmed the The Tracking Board. Formerly known as World War X, the script is an original spec script from the Jurassic World director that has been in development since 2010.
The story follows an orphan who is chosen to lead a war between two sides that are trying to change the fate of humanity by using time travel to reshape history.
Trevorrow will remain involved as a producer, along with Joel Silver, Aaron Auch, and Ethan Erwin of Silver Pictures. The project was previously set up at Warner Bros., with Benderspink attached to produce. There’s still a possibility that Trevorrow could direct, but no official decision has been on that front – and Trevorrow certainly has enough on his plate already.
The massive success of Jurassic World has paved the way for an untitled sequel, which he is attached to write and
will also serve as an executive producer. He has also been tapped to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be released in 2019.
Melton and Dunstan first stepped into the Hollywood spotlight with their horror film Feast, which was featured on the third season of HBO’s Project Greenlight. The movie spawned multiple sequels and the duo continued to work within the genre, including several Saw movies and the over-the-top horror satire, Piranha 3DD.
Trevorrow’s breakout film, Safety Not Guaranteed, also dealt with time travel, but rested squarely within the realm of dramedy. It should be interesting to see if Melton and Dunstan, with their experience working in horror, pull the story in a darker direction.
Melton and Dunstan recently wrapped production on The Neighbor, which Dunstan also directed. The crime thriller about a man who finds out about his neighbor’s past and the secrets he is keeping in his cellar. In addition to Metronome, the duo is also working on adapting their novel Black Light for Michael De Luca Productions and developing their action pitch Outliers for Chernin and 20th Century Fox.
They are repped by Paradigm and Underground Entertainment.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer