A small American Hustle reunion is in the works.
THR reports that Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, two of the stars of David O. Russell's con film, are working together again as leads in a new sci-fi film called Story of Your Life. The film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang, which follows a linguistics expert (Adams) recruited by the military when alien spacecraft land all around the Earth. She's meant to figure out if the alien beings come in peace, or have more sinister plans. As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to experience flashbacks that reveal the truth about their visit.
According to the trade, Renner will play a physics professor that the government pairs with the linguist to help speak with the aliens. Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve is directing the film for Paramount, and the script comes from Eric Heisserer, who wrote the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing.
Renner will film Captain America: Civil War this spring and then jump over to begin work on Story of Your Life, which starts filming in June. Villeneuve recently scored the directing gig for Blade Runner 2, which has Harrison Ford returning to reprise his role as Rick Deckard.
I'm a big fan of Adams and Villeneuve, and I like Renner well enough, so I'd love to be thrilled about this movie. I haven't been the biggest fan of the scripts Heisserer has delivered so far, though, so I'm hoping he'll be able to turn in something awesome this time and that everything else falls into place from there. The concept definitely sounds cool, so this could be a great movie if the script is up to snuff.