Ava DuVernay, the filmmaker behind the Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma,’ is reportedly being lined up to take the helm of the sci-fi thriller ‘Intelligent Life’ for Amblin Entertainment.
Per THR, the sci-fi features a script by ‘Jurassic World’ duo Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly and revolves around “a U.N. worker in a department that was created to represent humankind in the event of alien contact. The man falls in love with a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien.”
The trade is hearing that ‘12 Years A Slave’ Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to play the woman at the centre of the alien contact.
In related news, word is coming in from Deadline that DuVernay is also being courted by Disney to take the reins for an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning fantasy classic novel ‘A Wrinkle In Time.’
Adapted by Oscar-winning ‘Frozen’ writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ follows “a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets.”