This offbeat film’s core concept comes from an actual classified ad that originally appeared in the survivalist magazine Backwoods Home in the mid-90s. It was later rediscovered and became an internet meme with much fun being poked at the apparently serious ad. The film screened at both Sundance and SXSW and is the feature debut of screenwriter Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow.
“WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. I have only done this once before.”
Is the guy responsible for this ad actually able to travel in time? Only watching the film, whose release date is currently slated for June 8, 2012 will answer that question. Somehow I have a feeling seeing the journey is going to be more entertaining than finding out that answer.
A snippet from the production notes provides a synopsis and credits:
When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
“Safety Not Guaranteed stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film is produced by Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Stephanie Langhoff, Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Executive Producers are Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, John Hodges and Michael B. Clark.
For more information about the film, visit the Safety Not Guaranteed Official Website.
There’s also a Facebook page for the film where you can find a more interactive experience and keep up with news.
If you feel like reading the complete, 12-page production notes the document can be found here.