Rebecca Thomas To Direct Sci-Fi Flick ‘Intelligent Life’ | Film News


Rebecca Thomas (Stranger Things) will direct the upcoming sci-fi film, Intelligent Life. The film “centres on a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien”. The script has been written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly, though Thomas will do some additional tweaking to the script as well.


Thomas takes over from Ava DuVernay, who was previously attached to direct back in February 2016 with Lupita Nyong’o to star. Both left the project, with DuVernay leaving to direct A Wrinkle In Time for Disney and a limited series on The Central Park Five for Netflix. Despite Nyong’o also leaving, having already attached one big star, producers are likely confident they can attract another.


This is another coup for Thomas, whose star has been rising over the last few years after directing 2012’s Electrik Children before helming some episodes of the acclaimed Stranger Things. No word yet on what Intelligent Life means for Thomas’ other project, Malignant, which she signed on for just a few weeks ago.


Thomas has also signed on to direct Universal’s The Little Mermaid, so it’s fair to wonder if something has got to give in regards to all these projects up in the air. What we do know for sure is that Thomas’ episode of season 2 of Stranger Things will debut with the rest of the second season on Netflix on Friday, October 27.



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