Real Steel director Shawn Levy is set to produce a new sci-fi thriller with FilmNation Entertainment called Story of Your Life. The script for the film comes from Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and it will be directed by commercial director Nic Mathieu.
The movie is based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang and it's described as "a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth."
FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder had this to say in a statement,
When you look at Ted Chiang's powerful source material, how deftly Eric and the team at 21 Laps handled the adaptation, and what Nic's vision brings to the film, it's no surprise that there's been so much competitive interest. We're looking forward to working with Shawn and Dan and couldn't wish for better partners than Lava Bear.
Producer David Linde added,
This is an incredibly dynamic and contemporary script. There is nothing else like it. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with such a wonderful creative team, as well as our friends at FilmNation.
The project is being put on the fast-track and they will start casting the film immediately. The plan is to start shooting in 2013. Lets hope it turns out good! It sure sounds like an interesting story that has potential to be a solidly good film.