These days, Michael Bay is likely best known as the explosion auteur behind the massively successful Transformers franchise, and this looks to be his next (likely explosion-filled) project.
It's being reported that Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights to Wesley Chu's upcoming science fiction novel Time Salvager, which is set to be published in July. Per the report, Bay is attached to direct, while the book's author has signed on to executive-produce the adaptation.
In a nutshell, the story basically follows humans on a near-apocalyptic Earth who travel back in time to bring back resources — all while trying to ensure they don't actually alter the timeline. It's a fascinating concept, and though we haven't actually read the book (since it isn't out yet), the premise holds a ton of big-screen promise.
Check out the official synopsis below:
Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.
James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.
On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen's highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.
Time Salvager will be available to purchase July 7.