Tor.com dropped some excellent news for fans of Wes Chu, time travel, and/or film adaptations: Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights for a feature film franchise based on Wesley Chu’s forthcoming novel Time Salvager. Yes, you read that right. The book itself doesn’t arrive in stores until July 7th, but it’s already been picked up for adaptation. Director Michael Bay is attached to direct the project. Chu himself is set to executive produce.
Congrats to Wes on this awesome news — and bonus points for nabbing an executive producer credit. Having an author tied to an adaptation of his or her work can only be a good thing. Sure, some things will necessarily change for the different storytelling medium, but Wes has the vision that can keep it on the right track.
The story itself takes place in Earth’s apocalyptic future, where time travel is used to bring back precious resources to aid in humanity’s continued survival. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman who knows the rules: change the past and you die. But that doesn’t stop him from saving a scientist from the past and bringing her to the future, where they both become fugitives.
Here’s the official book description
Time Salvager: a fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao.
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.