Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is set to direct a big screen adaptation of a short story called "The Story of Your Life." It's a sci-fi drama from Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang.
"The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit."
Chiang's story was published in 1998, and it won the Nebula for best novella. The report says it also received praise for tacking the theme of language and free will. I've never read the story, but it definitely sounds intriguing.
Villeneuve is a hell of a talented director. I don't know if you saw Prisoners or not, but that film was pretty awesome. If he can bring that same storytelling drive to this new film, then it's sure to be a great movie.