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"Story of Your Life", one of the hottest films on the Cannes International Film Festival circuit this year, has just been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) and starring Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Story of Your Life was one of the buzz films going into the glamourous industry event.
Based on the Nebula Award winning short story by Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life is far from a run of the mill sci-fi film. Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist recruited by the military to translate the language of a species of aliens that have made contact with Earth. Banks is tasked with determining whether the alien beings, who arrived on Earth during a crash landing, came in peace or represent a sinister threat to mankind. Dr. Banks possesses the ability to think 'chrono-syncastically' and perceive time from the outside, which enables her to remember the future and become aware of other beings fates before they happen. As she deciphers the alien's language and starts to communicate with them, she begins to experience strong flashbacks that help her uncover the true reason why they arrived on Earth.
Adams' career is on fire following her back-to-back Oscar nominations and her 2013 Golden Globe win for 'American Hustle', and she brings major buzz to whatever project she's involved with. So, with a red-hot leading lady and a thought provoking premise, it's no surprise that the distribution rights to Story of Your Life were so sought after with Paramount eventually shelling out $20 million to secure them.
So far, Adams has proven her serious acting skills in a range of film types including period pieces, rom-coms, biopics, and dark dramas. However, her track record with science fiction roles isn't nearly as stellar, with her performance as Lois Lane in 2013's "Man of Steel" receiving mixed reviews from critics who felt that she lacked chemistry with Henry Cavill's Superman despite performing well at the box office. But Story of Your Life is quite another task and the word is that Adams plays her role of Dr Banks with a skill reminiscent of Jodie Foster in Contact.
Paramount is hoping to release "Story of Your Life" in the North America in 2016 and the $20 million deal also covers the rights to release in the Chinese market as well.