Anna Foerster Directing 'Source Code 2: Source Coder'

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:02 Written by  iamrogue
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Anna Foerster Directing 'Source Code 2: Source Coder'

Source Code appeared to be self-contained, wrapping up tightly in just over ninety minutes.

Turns out that clever little scifi thriller is, in fact, caught in a franchise loop, playing out the same basic scenario in a sequel much like Colton Stevens relived the same eight minutes in someone else's life.

Yes, Source Code 2 is one step closer to happening, with Anna Foerster signing on to direct.

The original movie has a nice Groundhog Day meets Quantum Leap thing going on, throwing in some high stakes immediacy and even a side of military conspiracy thrills.  Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Stevens, a pilot in an experimental program that projects his consciousness into the mind of a victim of a bombing on a Chicago commuter train.  Running through the same all-too-brief window again and again, he tries to piece together what happened on the train and in his own recent past.

Made for roundabouts $30 million, Source Code cleaned up pretty well at the box office, earning $54 million domestically towards a total global haul of $147.3 million back in 2011.

Producer Mark Gordon was developing a television version for CBS in the year after the movie, but that effort ultimately bore no small screen fruit.

So now Gordon is reteaming with Vendome Pictures, which financed Source Code.  The sequel doesn't yet have a distributor.  Summit Entertainment distributed the first film, so perhaps Summit – now a part of Lionsgate – will get first crack at Source Code 2, which is being written by returning scribe Ben Ripley.

Source Code was the sophomore feature for Moon director Duncan Jones, who is busy with the Warcraft mega-movie for another year and a half.  According to Variety, Gordon and company have selected Foerster to fill his shoes on the sequel.

Depending on when Source Code 2 actually gets off the ground, it might just be her feature directorial debut.  Foerster has plenty of TV experience, having overseen episodes of the Starz series Outlander, as well as the CBS show Criminal Minds.  She has a deep background in visual effects photography, which led her to act as cinematographer on Roland Emmerich joints White House Down, 10,000 BC, and Anonymous.

Gyllenhaal, who has taken on an entirely new form for next year's boxing drama Southpaw, isn't expected to return.  If we had to put money on it, we'd bet Source Code 2 won't feature original supporting players Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, or Michelle Monaghan, either.  Instead, we're guessing the sequel will utilize the same basic setup, maybe even within the same program, Beleaguered Castle, dropping a new confused protagonist into a high pressure mindfuck.

With a concept like Source Code's, this franchise go on an infinite loop, repeating with new characters and narrative wrinkles every time.

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