In 2000, Ted Chiang’s short tale Story of Your Life won the Nebula Award for Best Novella — basically the equivalent of an Emmy Award in the science fiction literary world. In it, a linguist commissioned by the U.S. government sets out to determine if a group of aliens that have landed on Earth are a threat. She comes to learn their complex language, and a series of flashbacks about her daughter help her understand the way the beings perceive time, unlocking a greater mystery.
THR reports that Prisoners and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve will adapt the sci-fi story, which he plans to shoot later this year. Hours director and Final Destination 5 writer Eric Heisserer will script the adaptation. Villeneuve has a penchant for cerebral, intense stories and engrossing, thrilling plots. We could see Story of Your Life taking a similar direction as Prisoners — its stark cinematography and gloomy atmosphere right in line with the short story's complex examination of human emotions. As much as we love Philip K. Dick around these parts, it's always nice to see Hollywood court a different science fiction figure. What say you?
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