The Hollywood Reporter – Paramount has pre-bought North American rights to Amy Adams’ Story of Your Life for a hefty $20 million.
The project puts the studio in business with emerging director Denis Villenueve, who impressed with Prisoners. Villenueve is currently getting ready to shoot Sicario, a gritty thriller starring Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt.
Based on the short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life will star Adams as an expert linguist who is recruited by the military to determine whether a group of aliens crash-landing on Earth 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.