In development: Chrononauts movie

The comic-book movie genre has become a force of nature in the film industry, as well as providing the most lucrative opportunities and starring vehicles for directors and actors. Speaking of forces of nature, there appears to be no stopping Mark Millar, a wildly successful comic book writer who has been behind a number of popular characters and story arcs in many of your favorite titles. Millar has also been spending his time pitching many of his comics to film studios looking to cash in on the genre with non-marvel and non-DC options. Sometime ago, Millar set up an adaptation of the hit cult-comic “Chrononauts” at Universal studios, which is said to be a thrilling, humorous, sci-fi adventure that spans different time periods.

Here’s the plot synopsis for the comic:

Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two red-blooded American guys who also happen to be scientific geniuses. With the whole world watching, they embark on the world’s first time-travel experiment. But when their planned routine goes off-course, they’re left to fend for themselves – leading to an era-hopping adventure! From ancient Rome to the roaring twenties to the 1980s music scene, Corbin and Danny wreak havoc with the time stream, score front-row seats to the world’s wildest events, and get into hijinks with history’s scariest villains. But is it worth the price, when they have unresolved problems to address back home in the present day – and a team of angry bosses ready to do whatever it takes to rein them in? This story unites the talents of writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) – two powerhouse figures in the comics world, whose combined forces must be seen to be believed.

Chrononauts certainly has an interesting premise that incorporates one of the most tricky, but commonly used genre tropes/plot devices: Time Travel. Whenever time travel is used in any form of popular media, people often reference shows or comics that have made it work in addition to telling a great, fleshed out story, such as Doctor Who. Millar, who is keeping a close eye and a firm hand on his properties, has discussed how he and people close to the project are approaching the story and potential casting news for the adaptation. If the bro-centric nature of the comic doesn’t sell this film to audiences, then perhaps the time-travel element will as well as the yet-to-be-hired talent in front of and behind the camera. For those not sure what to expect from this movie, it’s best to settle on something along the lines of “Back to the Future meets Fast and the Furious”. Stay tuned for more updates.


A cynic who’s eaten one too many Redvines