Time travel has always existed as a fairly prominent Hollywood storytelling device, but recently it has become one of the industry’s more commonly used tropes. This could have something to do with the fact that (at the time of writing this) it’s October 21, 2015 and everyone’s currently trying to find Marty McFly and his hoverboard.

Now it seems that LEGO Movie and Jump Street writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller – whose work in TV and film has catapulted them to the top of the comedic world – will get in on the time-travel action, too.

According to TV Insider, Lord and Miller have been tapped by FOX to develop a series titled In Time (no connection to the 2011 Andrew Niccol film of the same name). Much like the series The Last Man On Earth (which Lord and Miller produce), In Time will center on ordinary people who’re thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Having already tackled a apocalyptic virus, the creative duo will now develop a story about three friends whose boring lives get turned upside down when granted the ability to travel through time.

The deal struck between Lord, Miller and FOX involves the studio ordering a “put pilot.” In layman’s terms, this means that if the network does not air the pilot, they will pay the studio – in this case 20th Century Fox – exorbitant fees as a penalty. This seems to indicate a strong faith in the talents of Lord and Miller, because a “put pilot” order typically indicates that the project will be picked up as a series.

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Despite seemingly no connection to the Back to the Future franchise, the fact that this In Time news came out today seems strategic. Everyone is discussing the Back to the Future II anniversary, and FOX seems intent to ride the time-travel bandwagon all the way to the bank (while the trope is still at the forefront of people’s minds). Projects such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and Looper have kept time-travel popular in recent years, so perhaps it was only a matter of time – pun wholeheartedly intended – until Lord and Miller did something of their own with the concept.

Lord and Miller are also adapting popular podcast Serial into a series for Fox. Meanwhile, in the world of film, the duo are writing The Lego Movie Sequel and directing the young Han Solo-centric Star Wars anthology film – both of which will reach theaters in 2018. In other words, the pair are keeping quite busy right now, and with good reason.

We’ll bring you more information on In Time when we have it.

Source: TV Insider