'Children of Men' scribe to pen 'Timecrimes'

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United Artists has recruited Timothy J. Sexton to pen "Timecrimes," the adaptation of Nacho Vigalondo's Spanish-language film "Los Cronocrimenes."

Steven Zaillian and Agnes Metre are producing the feature, a noirish thriller about a man who travels back in time half an hour to prevent a serious crime. UA picked up the remake rights back in January, when the original film -- for which Magnolia holds the U.S. distribution rights -- played the Sundance Film Festival.

Sexton, repped by Endeavor, scored the sought-after assignment on the strength of his work on the feature "Children of Men," nominated for an Academy Award, and TV projects like HBO's "Live From Baghdad."