Story of Your Life Set for Adaptation Starring Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams

81KnVPSNlzL._SL1500_Story of Your Life a science fiction short story by American writer Ted Chiang, is to be adapted for the big screen in 2016. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner will be in the lead roles. Denis Villenueve is set to direct the film based on a script penned by Eric Heisserer.

Dr. Louise Banks is enlisted by the military to communicate with a race of radially symmetrical aliens who initiated first contact with humanity. Woven through the story are remembrances of her daughter.

The heptapods have two distinct forms of language. Heptapod A is their spoken language, which is described as having free word order and many levels of center-embedded clauses. Understanding Heptapod B, the written language of the aliens, is central to the plot. Unlike its spoken counterpart, Heptapod B has such complex structure that a single semagram cannot be excluded without changing the entire meaning of a sentence.

When writing in Heptapod B, the writer knows how the sentence will end. The phenomenon of Heptapod B is explained by the alien’s understanding of mathematics and Fermat’s principle of least time.

Dr. Banks’s understanding of the heptapods’ writing system affects the way she perceives time and suggests a deterministic universe where free will is exercised by not affecting the outcome of events.

Paramount picked up the North American rights at Cannes last year, when Adams and Villeneuve were already attached. Sony picked up most foreign markets.

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