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Prisoners' Denis Villeneuve is entering alien territory with Story of Your Life

Jan. 16, 2014by:
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Denis Villeneuve put himself on the map as "one to watch" with his most recent thriller, PRISONERS. Now the director is off to sci-fi for his second English language flick.

Villeneuve has boarded STORY OF YOUR LIFE, a film adapted from Ted Chiang's Nebula Award winning novella. Eric Heisserer (HOURS) wrote the screenplay which goes something like this:

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.

At one point Shawn Levy was attached to adapt but dropped out. The film will shoot later this year.

Personally, I felt that PRISONERS should have gotten more attention. It was a wonderfully directed thriller, and a great breakout for Villeneuve in American cinema. I look forward to seeing what he does with this story.

Source: THR

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9:20AM on 01/17/2014
really excited to see this guy do sci fi, but honestly i read this book and its mostly pretty boring, technical writing and translation stuff. good ending but getting there was like watching someone do dishes.
really excited to see this guy do sci fi, but honestly i read this book and its mostly pretty boring, technical writing and translation stuff. good ending but getting there was like watching someone do dishes.
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1:39AM on 01/17/2014
Dying to see more of his work. "Enemy"'s next on my list. Great to hear he's expanding into sci-fi now.
Dying to see more of his work. "Enemy"'s next on my list. Great to hear he's expanding into sci-fi now.
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12:28AM on 01/17/2014
Very interesting, I really enjoyed Prisoners so I'm excited to see what he will bring with a science fiction movie.
Very interesting, I really enjoyed Prisoners so I'm excited to see what he will bring with a science fiction movie.
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11:37PM on 01/16/2014
Yes, totally wanna see a sci-fi from this guy.
Yes, totally wanna see a sci-fi from this guy.
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10:48PM on 01/16/2014

Well

At least it no longer involves Shawn Levy, nothing interesting or unique ever comes out of that guy...
At least it no longer involves Shawn Levy, nothing interesting or unique ever comes out of that guy...
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9:49PM on 01/16/2014
I loved Prisoners...and I'm not sure what kind of man that makes me..because it was hell on film.
I loved Prisoners...and I'm not sure what kind of man that makes me..because it was hell on film.
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9:17PM on 01/16/2014
Very excited to see what he does next. Prisoners was brilliant filmmaking and am saddened to see it not recognized by the Oscars.
Very excited to see what he does next. Prisoners was brilliant filmmaking and am saddened to see it not recognized by the Oscars.
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9:17PM on 01/16/2014
'Now the director is off to sci-fi for his second English language flick."

Villeneuve has done various short films in English and even ignoring those, he has already shot Enemy (2013) with Jake Gyllenhaal after Prisoners. This would make STORY OF YOUR LIFE at minimum his third film in the English language, not second.
'Now the director is off to sci-fi for his second English language flick."

Villeneuve has done various short films in English and even ignoring those, he has already shot Enemy (2013) with Jake Gyllenhaal after Prisoners. This would make STORY OF YOUR LIFE at minimum his third film in the English language, not second.
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9:19PM on 01/16/2014
Dieing to see Enemy. Ever since I read the film's review on this website, I have been eagerly awaiting a trailer.
Dieing to see Enemy. Ever since I read the film's review on this website, I have been eagerly awaiting a trailer.
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