Ashton Kutcher’s 2004 movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is already getting a reboot

Original starred Kutcher as a mentally disturbed college student who finds he can play with his past

The Butterfly Effect, the 2004 sci-fi thriller starring Ashton Kutcher, is already getting a reboot.

Barely 10 years old, the original starred Kutcher as Evan Treborn, a mentally disturbed college student who discovers that when he reads from his teenage diaries, he can travel back in time and make over his past. However, the consequences of his meddling aren’t always to his advantage and Treborn finds himself in alternate universes where he is imprisoned and living as an amputee.

Although The Butterfly Effect received pretty poor reviews from film critics, it went on to gross nearly $100 million (£65 million) at the box office worldwide, an impressive return from its $13 million (£8.5 million) budget. It then spawned a couple of straight-to-DVD sequels, neither of which featured Kutcher.

Now Eric Bress, who co-wrote and co-directed the original with J Mackye Gruber, is penning a script for a reboot, Variety reports. The four producers of the 2004 movie – Anthony Rhulen, Chris Bender, JC Spink and AJ Dix – are also back on board, though there’s no director or cast yet. The reboot will be a joint venture between two LA-based film production companies, Benderspink and FilmEngine.

Meanwhile, Kutcher will soon be seen playing Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic of the late Apple CEO, simply titled Jobs, which opens in US cinemas on August 16. The film’s UK release date has yet to be confirmed but you can watch the trailer here.