‘Stranger Things’ Rebecca Thomas Directing Amblin’s Sci-Fi ‘Intelligent Life’
The Steven Spielberg-produced Intelligent Life has had a bit of a bumpy start getting out the gate — it was previously set to be directed by Ava DuVernay with Lupita Nyong’o starring, but both of them jumped ship when DuVernay decided to focus on her Wrinkle in Time adaptation. But now it looks like the project is back on track after a rewrite from Jay Roach and a new hire: Stranger Things director Rebecca Thomas.
Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the project, and according to The Hollywood Reporter Thomas will also be doing some additional edits on the script. The movie “centers on a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien.”
"Rebecca beautifully captured the alienation we often feel amongst our fellow humans in her first feature. We can’t wait to see her explore those themes further in a story about our place in the universe," said a statement from Trevorrow and producer Frank Marshall.
This is only the latest high-profile project Thomas has nabbed after signing on to direct Universal’s live-action The Little Mermaid, an adaptation of the John Green novel Looking for Alaska, and James Wan’s Malignant, all of which are still in development.