Universal Pictures has hired Shane Abbess to direct Source Code, a sci-fi thriller centered on the notion of the time continuum.

Mark Gordon will produce and Ben Ripley wrote the screenplay. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Abbess' previously directed the horror title Gabriel, which Sony picked up for international distribution; he is represented by Endeavor and Underground Management.

Universal's president of production Donna Langley will oversee the project alongside senior vice president of production Scott Bernstein and creative executive David Ortiz.