Stranger Things director lands new Amblin sci-fi movie

Contributed by
Aug 22, 2017

One of the directors who is bringing us the second season of Stranger Things is now getting into the sci-fi feature film arena.

The director is Rebecca Thomas and the movie is called Intelligent Life. If that title rings a bell, it's because Ava DuVernay was attached to direct it at one point and Lupita Nyong’o was going to star in it. But both dropped out (DuVernay went over to Disney to direct A Wrinkle in Time) and the picture went dark for a while.

But now The Hollywood Reporter says that Thomas is getting behind the camera and also doing some rewriting on the original script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly (Jurassic World).

Thomas made her feature film debut in 2012 with Electrick Children and is also signed to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid as well as a James Wan-produced sci-fi/horror effort called Malignant Man, both of which could go into production first depending on how long it takes to get Intelligent Life in shape.

The movie is being produced through Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and revolves around "a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien.” Casting and a release date are yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, if you want to see what Thomas has gotten up to with Stranger Things, her second season episode, "The Secret Cabin," will premiere on Netflix on October 27th.