EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures pre-emptively picked up the sci-fi thriller spec Envoy from screenwriter Kat Wood. The character-driven piece is said to be in the vein of Arrival and The Day The Earth Stood Still and is about an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life. The project was brought into Pascal Pictures by Eric Fineman.

This adds yet another project to Pascal’s coffers. Since leaving her post as chair of Sony, she has been producing and acquiring a number of projects. She is currently in development at Amazon on Mercury 13, which is being developed as a mini-series at Amazon and based on the Martha Ackmann book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight. She is in collaboration with Bradley Whitford, Adena Chawke, and Tim and Trevor White’s Star Thrower Entertainment.

She also produced two pics, The Post and Molly’s Game, which are in contention for Oscar this year.

Wood first produced film Mr. Bojagi won the Best Short Film Award at the London Independent Film Festival. As a screenwriter, her first produced feature film, Arthur & Merlin which was released in the UK and U.S. on DVD/VOD in 2015. She also wrote and directed the short film Home which starred Maggie Gyllenhaal and was produced by Dana Brunetti and became the first UK winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition. That prompted Creative England to fund a proof of concept short film for one of these projects, Stine which Wood directed this past September; it stars Tuppence Middleton and currently in post-production.

She is repped by Verve, Zero Gravity Management and Eric Feig Ent & Media Law.