Director Denis Villeneuve, already acclaimed on the arthouse circuit for films like “Polytechnique” and “Incendies,” firmly made a play for the big leagues last year dropping two unforgettable films on the festival circuit. There was the star studded drama “Prisoners” followed by the mind-bending “Enemy” (now playing in limited release)—both starring Jake Gyllenhaal—that confirmed that the filmmaker refused to be bound by genre and would bring a unique vision to whatever material he’s working on. And for his next effort, not only does he have good stuff to work with, but one of the biggest actresses in town coming on board.
Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to join the sci-fi “The Story Of Your Life.” Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer (“The Thing,” “Final Destination 5“), the story follows a linguist hired by the military to communicate with an alien craft to try and figure out why they’ve come to Earth. And in the course of her communication with the aliens, she has flashbacks that could reveal the answer of why they have arrived.
“It’s very poetic, and a strong take on an alien landing on Earth. It’s very original, very fresh and very inspiring,” Villeneuve told us last month about the movie. “I’m very excited about that project. I’m supposed to shoot it at the beginning of 2015.”
We’re always up for ambitious, original sci-fi and this sounds potentially great and one to keep an eye on as it develops.