'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve to Helm Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'
After delivering a thriller that had flares of Silence of the Lambs with Oscar caliber performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman (though they didn't get nominated in this extremely competitive year), Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is heading into the sci-fi genre for his next project. THR has word that Villeneuve has signed to direct FilmNation's adaptation of The Story of Your Life, a short story by Ted Chiang from a collection called Stories of Your Life and Others. Eric Heisserer, who scripted the 2011 update The Thing and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street has already adapted the story for the film.
Film Nation is producing along with Lava Bear Films and Shawn Levy's 21 Laps banner, so there's a lot of hands in this project. For those who aren't familiar with the story, it kicks off with alien space crafts landing around the world. In order to determine whether or not the aliens come in peace or mean the human race harm, a woman who is an expert linguist is hired in an attempt to communicate with them. As the woman learns to communicate with these beings, she suddenly has vivid flashbacks which just might unlock information to a greater mystery and the true nature of their visit to Earth.
This sounds like a very intriguing project for Villeneuve following Prisoners and Incendies. We're a bit hesitant with a script coming from Heisserer, only because those movies didn't work out so well on the big screen, but that may not necessarily be his fault. Plus, the source material won a Nebula for best novella and earned plenty of other praiseworthy nominations when it was published in 1998, so hopefully that inspires a good story for cinema as well. Sound good?