What began as a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), Intelligent Life was pushed into development limbo after losing its original directorial choice. Now news arrives via Variety that Amblin Entertainment have Trumbo (2015) director Jay Roach on board to do a rewrite and the company are hoping he might also call the shots.
An original idea by Trevorrow and Connolly, Intelligent Life started out as a script called The Ambassador, which saw a UN worker in a department set up to handle first contact with an alien species. He ends up falling for a woman who may or may not be of this planet.
Trevorrow has been busy with The Book Of Henry and preparing to make the ninth main Star Wars instalment, so Ava DuVernay (Selma) stepped aboard to direct and had Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) on to star. But DuVernay was lured away by Walt Disney Pictures' adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time and Nyong'o departed shortly after. Now Roach has been hired to work on the script for producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall (War Horse), and while he has only agreed to that job for now, there is a chance he will find something in it that makes him want to direct. His last directorial effort was Trumbo, and he has got a variety of potential projects lined up, but Intelligent Life might just leapfrog the rest. As always, watch this space.