The very busy Shawn Levy is adding another project to his development docket, though this time it’s only in a producing capacity. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that it would finance and produce the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life alongside Lava Bear Films, with Levy producing the pic via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Levine. Written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang that takes place immediately after aliens land around the globe and centers on a linguist who is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
Commercials director Nic Mathieu is set to direct, and the pic is being fast-tracked with casting beginning immediately for a planned 2013 production start-date. Levy most recently wrapped his latest directorial project, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, and earlier this month signed on to helm the ensemble dramedy adaptation This Is Where I Leave You. Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Story of Your Life.
Shia LaBeouf has spent the last few years starring in numbered movies: Indiana Jones 4, Wall Street 2, Transformers 1-3. Now that he’s one of the most powerful young actors in Hollywood, LaBeouf looks to be branching out into less sequel-heavy fare. He has the period bootlegging drama The Wettest County in the World in the can, and is currently filming the political thriller The Company You Keep with director/star Robert Redford. Though LaBeouf has suggested he’s ready to dive back in for Indy 5, the latest project he signed on to is unique enough to counteract any cinematic karma. Variety reports LaBeouf is attached to star in a love story going by the working title A Giant. Written and directed by Gil Kenan (City of Ember), the film centers on a girl who moves back home to reconnect with her brother and forget a series of bad relationships: “Instead she forms a relationship with a 20-foot tall man-child who lives next door, to be played by LaBeouf.”
A Giant is the first project that David Linde (Biutiful) and Tory Mertzger will shepherd under their new production company Lava Bear Films. No distributor is on board yet, but Universal is in pole position due to Linde’s relationship with the studio. More after the jump.