In days when big screen adaptations of single novels balloon into a 2- or 3-film series — I’m looking at you Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hobbit — it’s refreshing to see a science fiction adaptation that tells a complete story from beginning to end. Even better when the source material is by one of the field’s most lauded writers.
Variety is reporting that Ted Chiang’s novella, “Story Of Your Life”, is coming to the big screen.
FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films are partnering to finance the film, which is being written by Eric Heisserer (2011’s The Thing, Final Destination 5) and helmed by commercial director Nic Mathieu. Production begins next year. In the story, a linguist is hired to interpret the language of aliens who orbit the Earth and make first contact through an artifact. Her understanding of the aliens written language bring to her a unique view of her life.
If you haven’t read Ted’s Nebula Award-winning story, “Story Of Your Life” can be found in the collection Stories of Your Life and Others.