In news certain to thrill fans of time travel and moderate box office success, The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures have announced that they’ve begun development on Source Code 2. The film, a sequel to the 2011 Jake Gyllenhaal time travel thriller, will be penned by returning screenwriter Ben Ripley, who wrote the original film’s pleasantly twisty tale of trains, torsos, and time machines. Not returning is director Duncan Jones, whose duties on the sequel will be handled by Anna Foerster, a frequent collaborator of late-’90s explosion maestro Roland Emmerich. (Jones is currently working on post-production for Warcraft, set to release in March of 2016). At this point, no cast is attached, making it doubtful Gyllenhaal will return as well.
Although Source Code 2 will be one of Foerster’s first feature directing gigs, she’s already established her time travel bona fides by helming several episodes of Starz’s temporal fish-out-of-water drama Outlander. No plot details have been revealed for the sequel, but the basic premise—wounded soldiers Quantum Leap-ing their way through time to foil terrorist plots—seems tailor-made for a wide variety of settings and character types.
Of course, news of the sequel means that time has presumably run out for that proposed TV adaptation of Source Code on CBS, first announced shortly after the movie’s release. It’s enough to make any fan of procedural TV shows about people jumping back in time to right the wrongs of the past mutter a defeated “Oh, boy” to themselves, before turning back to their DVD players, slipping in a bootlegged disc, and settling in for yet another lonely marathon of Seven Days.