Clockstoppers : Production Notes

Hypertime – A state of being that gives the average human the extraordinary ability to freeze time and wander the world undetected, wielding virtually unthinkable power.

“Clockstoppers” is a sci-fi adventure about Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford), a young man whose greatest challenge up until now has been to find a way to buy a car. But when Zak discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father’s inventions and slips it on -- something very strange happens. The world around him seems to come to a stop, everything and everybody frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted and beautiful new friend, Francesca (Paula Garces), start to have some real fun.

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present a Valhalla Motion Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Production, a Jonathan Frakes Film, “Clockstoppers.” The film stars Jesse Bradford, Paula Garces, French Stewart, Michael Biehn and Robin Thomas. Directed by Jonathan Frakes, “Clockstoppers” is produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Julia Pistor. Albie Hecht serves as executive producer and Rob Hedden serves as co-producer. The screenplay is by Rob Hedden and J. David Stem & David N. Weiss from a story by Rob Hedden & Andy Hedden and J. David Stem & David N. Weiss. The film is rated PG by the MPAA for action violence and mild language.

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Like most teenagers, Zak Gibbs desperately wants a car. To raise money for it, he’s been foraging through the house and all around town for old junk to sell on eBay. This doesn’t mesh with George Gibbs’ (Robin Thomas) idea of what his son should be doing with his life. George feels Zak should focus on his schoolwork and his future. A dedicated science professor at the local college, George spends much of his time at work, and all too often, he brings his work home with him. As a result, Zak doesn’t think that his father pays enough attention to him, or even tries to understand him. The two just don’t see eye to eye.

One day, when Zak is searching in the basement for junk to sell, he discovers what he thinks is just a cool-looking wristwatch. But this is no ordinary timepiece. When Zak slips it on and presses a button, everything freezes.

In an instant, Zak’s focus changes from cars to something way cooler than a set of wheels – a device that allows him to enter hypertime, a speeded-up version of reality. People in normal time can’t see people in hypertime because their molecules are moving so rapidly that they become undetectable to those in normal time. On the flip side, people in hypertime see people in normal time as frozen because their molecules are moving at such a slower rate that they appear to be virtually standing still.

Quickly learning how to manipulate the device, Zak tries it out on his new friend from school, the beautiful foreign exchange student Francesca. Rendering themselves invisible, the two venture into the real world and playfully romp through a series of pranks.
But Zak and Francesca soon discover they are not alone in hypertime. There are others there who will take extreme measures to get the extraordinary watch back.

For example, there is Henry Gates (Michael Biehn), the evil head of Quantum Technologies, who hired Dr. Earl Dopler (French Stewart) to develop the technology so he could take over the world. But Dopler hadn’t perfected the device, and people in hypertime were aging years in a matter of hours. Desperate to please his maniacal boss, Dopler, a former student of George Gibbs, sent the watch to Zak’s father, hoping that his old professor could reverse the accelerated aging process.

But that’s not enough for the treacherous Gates. Realizing that Zak’s father may be his only chance to achieve his wicked ends, Gates kidnaps George Gibbs in order to force him to fix the technology and give him what he wants – control of the entire planet.
Now Zak must go after Gates, and with the help of Francesca and Dopler, he risks everything to save his father…and the world.