As if Rebecca Thomas needed any more work right now, the director of “The Secret Cabin” episode of Netflix’s Stranger Things, is now being courted by Amblin Entertainment and the filmmakers behind Jurassic World to direct the sci-fi thriller INTELLIGENT LIFE, written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. The Tracking Board has confirmed this.
Originally, Trevorrow and Connolly’s screenplay about a United Nations employee who makes contact with a beautiful woman who might be an alien from outer space had Selma director Ava Duvernay attached to direct and Lupita Nyong’o to star, but neither are still on the project.
Thomas wrote and directed the 2012 indie film Electrick Children, starring Julia Garner and Billy Zane, and she is only one of two directors to helm an episode of th e popular Netflix series from Shawn Levy and the Duffer Brothers.
The Amblin project is being produced by Frank Marshall, Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Trevorrow. Connolly and Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub are executive producing.
Thomas is clearly red hot right now due to her work on Stranger Things, as she was recently signed to helm a movie based on the James Wan graphic novel Malignant. She was also in talks to direct the John Green novel Looking for Alaska for Paramount and is attached to direct a live action remake of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid for Universal and Working Title Films.
Intelligent Life is being produced by Frank Marshall with Trevorrow and Peter Saraf from Big Beach, while Connolly and Marc Turtletaub are exec. producers. There’s no word on which of the above projects will move out of development and into production first, but Thomas clearly has a lot to keep her busy over the next few years.
This was reported by The Hollywood Reporter earlier.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor