New Line Cinema has picked up the time-travel novel by Richard Doetsch, The Thirteenth Hour.
According to Variety, Michael De Luca will produce the film, one of his first New Line projects since leaving his post as production president eight years ago and turning down a rich pre-negotiated deal to produce films there.
Described as a cross between The Bourne Identity and The Time Traveler's Wife, the story follows a man accused of brutally murdering his wife who is given a chance to save her by going back in time, in one-hour increments. He puts together clues to figure out not only who killed her but why.
"It has a great cinematic structure that unfolds in reverse," De Luca said. Asked if he had any trepidations about time-traveling back to his old stomping grounds, De Luca said, "It's my first encounter with the new New Line, but I'm very comfortable there. It's familiar territory for me."
No production date has been set.