FilmNation and Lava Bear Films are partnering to finance and produce 21 Laps’ sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life, based on the short story by acclaimed author Ted Chiang.
Prolific commercials director Nic Mathieu will helm from an adapted script by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street), and is set to begin shooting in 2013. Casting is currently underway.
Working with Heisserer, Story of Your Life was developed at 21 Laps by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen.
The movie is described as a mind-bending sci-fi thriller with a powerful emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the U.S. government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
Producers are Levy, Levine and FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear’s David Linde and Tory Metzger will executive producer alongside FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Heisserer.
“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,” Ryder said.
Added Linde: “This is an incredibly dynamic and contemporary script. There is nothing else like it.”.
The project was brought in to FilmNation by Patrick Chu. David Boyle brokered the deal on behalf of Lava Bear, and by Alison Cohen for FilmNation.
Heisserer is repped by UTA, Artwork Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris; WME reps 21 Laps and Mathieu.