Well, that was fast. It was just yesterday with word that “Selma” director Ava DuVernay had a couple projects being floated her way, Disney‘s fantasy “A Wrinkle In Time,” and Amblin‘s sci-fi ‘Intelligent Life,’ and less than 24 hours later, the wheels are starting to turn.
THR reports that DuVernay is now circling “Intelligent Life,” with “12 Years A Slave” Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in negotiations to star. Penned by Colin Trevorrow and his “Jurassic World” collaborator Derek Connolly, it’s actually a new version of “The Ambassador” that tells the story of a low-level worker at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs who accidentally makes first contact with a beautiful woman from another world, and risks his job and more when they are threatened from things at home and beyond. Nyong’o would be playing the alien.
Production on the film begins this summer, but don’t count out “A Wrinkle In Time.” Apparently Disney is in no rush, so DuVernay could still wind up making that one too.