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The Duplass Bros. Are Turning That Time-Travel Classified Ad Into A Movie

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire May 12, 2011 at 3:15AM

Remember that time-travel classified ad? It's going to be a movie.
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Remember that time-travel classified ad? It's going to be a movie.

The Duplass Bros. are producing "Safety Not Guaranteed," now shooting in Seattle. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. Colin Trevorrow directs; Derek Connolly wrote the script. The ensemble cast includes Kristen Bell, Jenica Bergere, Jeff Garlin, Karan Soni, Lynn Shelton and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Here's the pitch:

Based on a real ad placed in Backwoods Home Magazine, Safety Not Guaranteed is about a trio of magazine employees sent to investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. Darius (Plaza), a cynical aspiring journalist, poses as a candidate to accompany Kenneth (Duplass), a paranoid but compelling loner, but her motivations become confused when she develops feelings for him and begins to wonder whether he is really building a time machine.

(The real story behind the ad, which appeared on page 92 of the Sept/Oct 1997 issue of the survivalist magazine, is considerably less compelling. Read it here.)

Stephanie Langhoff will produce for the Duplass Brothers. John Hodges and Michael Clark will supervise the production on behalf of Big Beach. ICM packaged the movie and is co-repping the domestic sale with Cinetic. 

Says Peter Saraf of Big Beach: "We've been trying to team up with the Duplass Brothers for some time and are very grateful they finally returned our calls.”