DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has opted to move on due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed. She originally became attached to the film in February.
Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in the story of a United Nations worker tasked with representing humanity in the event of extraterrestrial contact who falls in love with a mysterious woman who may, or may not, actually be an alien. It’s written by Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow and his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly, with Trevorrow producing along with Frank Marshall, and Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, who also produced Trevorrow’s breakout film Safety Not Guaranteed.
DuVernay has a busy slate coming up – she’s attached to Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, and was in fact courted for the job around the same time she was being approached for Intelligent Life. She also has an OWN series in the work, Queen Sugar starring Rutina Wesley.