THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Is Next For Reboot Treatment July 29, 2013 Ashton Kutcher-led thriller to get reboot. Variety is hearing that a reboot of the psychological sci-fi thriller ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is in the works with original writer-director Eric Bress on board to provide the script. The original, barely ten years old, starred Ashton Kutcher as Evan Treborn, a troubled college student who finds he has the ability to travel back in time by reading his old journals. Inhabiting his former self (that is, his adult mind inhabits his younger body), Evan discovers that he can change the present by changing what he had done in his past – but changing several childhood traumas creates unintended consequences. While the film failed to impress the critics, it was considerable success, grossing a worldwide box office of $96 million against a $13 million budget. The film went on to spawn two direct-to-DVD sequels. LA-based production banners, FilmEngine and Benderspink, who produced the 2004 original, are reteaming for the reboot.