First announced in late 2012, FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films' adaptation of Ted Chiang's short tale Story of Your Life has, according to The Hollywood Reporter, found a director in Prisoners and Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve.
Featuring an adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Story of Your Life was originally going to be directed by commercials director Nic Mathieu. Based on Chiang's award-winning short story, the film takes place after aliens land around the globe and follows a linguist who is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNationís Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bearís David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNationís Glen Basner and Eric Heisserer will executive produce.