Paramount Releases Title and Release Date for Denis Villeneuve’s Latest

Denis Villeneuve

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even though he’s been around for quite some time most major American audiences are just getting to know director Denis Villeneuve. His American-adapted version of Enemy really flew under a lot of radar’s in 2013 but he followed it up with the well received Prisoners. Flash forward two years and Sicario was one of the most talked about movies of 2015.

With the upcoming Blade Runner sequel on his plate it’s understandable that his latest effort dropping this year kind of fell to the wayside in terms of attention. But that’s about to change.

The Wrap got the news that Paramount, the studio behind Villeneuve’s newest film, have officially given it a release date and changed the title.

Arrival (which was first titled Story Of Your Life) will hit multiplexes smack-dab in the middle of award-season on November 11, 2016.

The basic premise is that we have made contact with aliens – or more like they have made contact with us by landing on Earth. Now the U.S. government needs to know whether or not they come in peace or have more sinister intentions so they hire the best linguist out there to decipher their language and what they want.

With an all-star cast that includes Amy Adams (as the linguist), Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg and Villeneuve at the helm this could lead to quite a few Academy nominations come February 2017.

I’m just excited for anything Villeneuve might do. He’s proven himself a powerful storyteller that weave a complex and rich narrative with whatever story he’s given. With this project now on the schedule I’d expect to see a trailer drop sometime before the end of the summer.

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