Brandt and Haas to Pen The Thirteenth Hour


Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have signed on to adapt upcoming Richard Doetsch novel The Thirteenth Hour for New Line Cinema and producer Michael De Luca.

The story follows a man accused of murdering his wife who gets to go back in time–in one-hour increments over 12 hours–with the chance to stop his wife’s killer.

Haas said the book “is a fast-paced thriller with a supernatural twist and characters who really pop.”

The writing team of Brandt and Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma) most recently adapted Robert Ludlum thriller The Matarese Circle. The MGM film, to be directed by David Cronenberg, is shaping up as a potential pairing of Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise. The scribes are also scripting a new installment of Beverly Hills Cop for Eddie Murphy and director Brett Ratner at Paramount.