I don’t know much about this Nic Mathieu fellow, but those with inside access must like what they see. After all, you don’t get thrown into the mix with Warner Bros. and David Koepp by accident — well, probably not — nor does this next story create a bad image of the up-and-coming commercials helmer. Just thank the presence of another Hollywood bigshot.
That’s because Deadline peg Mathieu for Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller which Shawn Levy will produce, via his 21 Laps Entertainment, in conjunction with FilmNation and Lava Bear. Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5) is, meanwhile, behind the screenplay, itself an adaptation of Ted Chiang‘s short story of the same name; in that work, a doctor / linguist, Louise Banks, is asked to communicate with extraterrestrials who’ve made first contact. Called Heptapods, they’re a species whose incredible commands of language — be it written or spoken — leave Life‘s central character to figure out their true intentions. Through talking to them, too, does she begin to have flashbacks to her daughter, triggers which guide her through the central mystery.
Seeing as we’re discussing a thriller here, it’s not impossible these things have some bad intentions on their mind. (After going over the description, promising “a powerful, emotional twist” might be tipping a hand — but I won’t say more) Short of reading the actual story, we can find out soon — shooting is eyed to kick off at some point in 2013 — and I, only going off this story, like what Story of Your Life may have to offer. Impress me, Nic Mathieu.
Have you read the original story? Do you think it could make way for a compelling film?
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