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.