Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson up for blood-soaked time loop flick Boss Level

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Nov 16, 2017, 12:32 PM EST

Boss Level is an upcoming film that sounds like Groundhog Day but meaner: Roy, a retired special forces veteran, is stuck in a time loop, a loop that ultimately leads to his death. Repeat … ad infinitum. To break the cycle, the protagonist must stop his killer.

Frank Grillo, who had roles in both Captain America movies and two Purge films and starred in martial arts-based TV show Kingdom, is in talks to play the character Roy, according to Deadline. Mel Gibson, star of the original Mad Max series and Braveheart, is also in talks, but his character is currently undefined.

The screenplay has been written by Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin' Aces). Carnahan also made a splash in the genre world with his aborted pitch for a Daredevil reboot before Marvel regained the rights to the character. He's also set to direct.

Although Groundhog Day popularized the time-loop concept, it's far from the only one. Time loop films in recent years include Edge of Tomorrow, Before I Fall, Source Code, and ARQ. The most recent entry in the subgenre is the snappy horror flick Happy Death Day. The television show Tru Calling featured time loops as well. The trope has also popped up in shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, The X-FilesStargate: SG-1, and Doctor Who. So yeah, it's not the freshest idea, but still a sci-fi staple.

What do you think of Boss Level? Interested in seeing another entry in the subgenre?

(Via Deadline)