Two and a half years ago we learned that while Michel Gondry's adaptation of The Master of Space and Time was hitting the dust, he was working on a project with his son, Paul: "a futuristic story with a dictator and a rebel. He's [Paul] the dictator in the story [and] it will be based on [his] art." Fast-forward to this year's SXSW, and The Playlist asks again about Master. Gondry replied: "Unfortunately, that's not going to happen, but I'm going to do something similar with Daniel [Clowes], another science fiction project ... based on a comic book made by my son." Said project is the animated Megalomania, a collaboration that has recently attracted the voices of Seth Rogen, Steve Buscemi, and Juliette Lewis.

Then MTV then talked with the director, who offered yet another science fiction feature. He says that he's working with writer (Keith Bunin) on a time travel piece, and that Ellen Page will star. It sounds like MTV is confusing the dueling pics, as they're assuming the project that's "similar" to Master is the time travel piece, when Playlist says the similar project is Megalomania. I assume that these are, indeed, different projects, since Megalomania is about kids who discover a way to create energy from hair, which ends up in a class divide where the rich keep their hair, and the poor run around bald, which doesn't sounds very time-travel-y.

Confusion aside, here's the kicker: Gondry told MTV: "Ellen is supposed to be the main character. She'd play Nancy ... a young woman who participates in a discovery that changes the world." As they note, "Nancy" is the name of one of the key people in Master of Space and Time. Just what is going on? Stay tuned ... hopefully it will all become clear soon.