Shawn Levy on board to produce.

FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, has announced plans to finance, produce and handle worldwide sales for the sci-fi thriller ‘Story of Your Life,’ written by Eric Heisserer (‘The Thing,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’) and to be directed by prolific commercials director, Nic Mathieu.

Based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, ‘Story of Your Life’ is said to be a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.

The film will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear’s David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Eric Heisserer will executive produce. ‘Story of Your Life’ was developed by 21 Laps’ Levy, Levine and Dan Cohen, along with Heisserer.al twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.

‘Story of Your Life’ is being fast-tracked with casting to commence immediately and a view to start filming in 2013.