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They’re Going Back and Fixing ‘The Butterfly Effect’

I thought that the 2004 The Butterfly Effect, the sci-fi thriller starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, was a pretty awesome movie. I even liked Kutcher’s performance, and would probably watch it again tomorrow if someone offered to pop it on. So, less than ten years since its debut, it’s being remade. It sort of doesn’t make any sense to me, considering the title itself holds no value (who the hell knows what that movie even is?), the concept can be done differently and more unique (without the title), and there’s kind of nothing really that wrong with the original. Seems lazy. But whatever. I’m sick of caring – as long as it ends up good, I’m happy.

Variety reports that FilmEngine and Benderspink are teaming to reboot the film with original writer-director Eric Bress on board to pen the new script. Apparently the writer of the original is out of original ideas?

Kutcher portrayed a character who had the ability to travel back in time and change the present by changing what he had done in his past — but found that changing several childhood traumas created unintended consequences.

Producers are A.J. Dix, Anthony Rhulen, Chris Bender and JC Spink, as they did on the original, along with Film Engine president Navid McIllhargey. No director is yet attached.

The original sci-fi thriller was a solid performer for New Line with a worldwide box office of $96 million on a budget of $13 million along with a pair of direct-to-DVD sequels.

Bress and J. Mackeye Gruber co-directed and co-wrote the original.



  • Incinerated

    It’s a movie deserving of more attention, but, yes, interesting choice to remake it…

    At least the original writer/director is attached.

  • Krug09

    Actually it did very well in theaters and on DVD so i wouldn’t say it doesn’t have its fans but seriously a remake of this film. I love it and it stands out to me over the past 9 years.

  • Sephit

    The original was great! No reason to remake it and if they do it may flop.

  • devilmaycry26

    what was wrong with the first one . the 2nd was kinda a let down but i feel the 3rd one lived up to the 1st a lil bit more. they should just redo the 2nd

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