SDCC 2011: Andrew Niccol’s ‘In Time’ Panel; Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried Show Time Is Literally Money
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Almost a year ago, we were beginning to hear about a new science fiction thriller called I’m.mortal, which was putting together a cast that included Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. The movie certainly sounded interesting, and thanks to this year’s San Diego Comic–Con, we now know it looks pretty darn interesting, as well!

The movie, whose title has since been changed to In Time, is set in a future where we’ve perfected everlasting life and everyone stops aging at the age of 25, but in order to protect from overpopulation, time is now used in lieu of money as a currency. This leaves the rich to live as long as they’d like, and the less–fortunate fighting to keep living. Everyone is genetically engineered to die one year after turning 25, so if you’re unable to replenish your time, you will not last long.

Keep reading for more and to see some images from the panel!

Damon Lindelof also moderated this panel, and first brings out writer and director Andrew Niccol. Niccol is best known for writing The Truman Show and The Terminal, and also wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, and Lord of War.

They kick things off with a solid peek at the movie. We see Timberlake as Will, a man with only a day left on his personal clock. As you might expect, his last day on the planet isn’t going so hot: coffee costs too much time, and he’s not making nearly enough of it at his job. Will goes into a bar where he meets Harry (White Collar‘s Matt Bomer), a well–dressed man with over a century’s worth of time left. As it turns out, some bad dudes are after Harry in hopes of stealing his wealth of time, but Harry doesn’t seem to be too worried about it. Will then takes him somewhere safe to try and protect him from the time bandits.

Will senses something’s not right with Harry, and while Will sleeps that night we see Harry giving him his remaining time. Will wakes up to his new–found century of life and a message from Harry saying “Don’t waste my time” before we see Harry kill himself. This is where Cillian Murphy comes into play. Murphy is a police officer of sorts, called a “Timekeeper,” named Raymond Leon. When Leon becomes suspicious of how much time Will has, he begins to think he killed Harry and stole his time.

We’re shown a quick glimpse of Olivia Wilde (basically, it’s the cast of Alpha Dog), who plays Will’s mother, before, while trying to escape Leon, Will takes cover in a gated community for the very wealthy who have no worries about time. He eventually takes one of the rich residents (Amanda Seyfried) hostage to help him escape, allowing her to see just what the outside world looks like where people do have to worry about time. From there, the pair go on an action–packed crime spree, only with the intentions of Robin Hood: to steal the time of the wealthy and give it to those who are poor, and, hopefully, destroy the entire current structure of their society.

The footage was the bulk of this panel, and it certainly seems to have made a strong impression on the crowd.

In Time is set to be released on October 28, 2011.


Additional reporting by Empress Eve; Photos by Dave3.

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