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‘Green Lantern’ Co-Scribe Marc Guggenheim Writing ‘Time Zones’ For Disney; Marvel Reveals Post-‘Avengers’ Slate

Written by on October 1, 2011 

After working on what’s supposed to be one of the year’s worst screenplays, Green Lantern scribe Marc Guggenheim will be getting a solo gig with Disney on Time Zones. THR tells us of the sci-fi project, which is produced by Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd.

The story is set “after an event that causes the world to spontaneously develop ‘time zones,’ described as fractures in space-time which replace various segments of the world with identical geography from the past and future.” The actual plot follows a central lead who “realizes that because time travel is now a matter of geography, he has the chance to change the past and save the life of his wife, but must team up with his estranged daughter to do so.”

Time travel is one of the best science fiction conceits out there, but it’s also one that’s barely used anymore — for one reason or another. This sounds like a good spin on such a familiar concept; at least, there aren’t any stories using it in this way that come to mind. If there’s any cause for concern, it’s kind of a big one — Guggenheim. Not because of Green Lantern, which probably couldn’t have been saved by anyone, but due to his work on the awful FlashForward, which dealt with some similar ideas. Even though this isn’t based on a book, and it isn’t necessarily under the same restrictions as television, it’s still a little disconcerting.

In other comic-book related updates, i09 points out EW‘s listing of Marvel’s post-Avengers slate. Some of it is what you’d expect — Iron Man 3, Thor 2 — but there is at least a brief new tidbit on Ant-Man. Kevin Feige refers to it as “still nebulous but definitely in the works,” with Edgar Wright having “developed an excellent draft recently.” Not a lot, but interesting nonetheless.

However, we do get more about Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans. The former was announced as moving to the big screen in early August; Feige called it “an opportunity to do a big space epic, which Thor sort of hints at, in the cosmic side of the [Marvel] universe.” The latter is something I don’t ever remember hearing about, but the comic is centered on abandoned mutants called — drum roll, please — The Inhumans. Apparently, they’re planning “an X-Men-style” ensemble that will eventually combine it with Guardians, should both move forward and do well.

I like the idea of taking things in a newer, weirder direction that we only got parts of in Thor. Let’s hope that these do well; we need something new in the superhero genre, which has become tired and repetitive over the past couple of years. Not that you needed me to tell you this.

Does Time Zones sound like a nice spin on the time travel concept? What do you think of Marvel’s future plans?

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