Paramount Pictures has set a November 11 wide release for Arrival, the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. This was the film that took the 2014 Cannes market by storm when the studio won a wild rights auction to the pic for a fest-record $20 million, earning it North American and China distribution rights.
The pic is an adaptation of the Ted Chiang short story. Scripted by Eric Heisserer, the thriller takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star.
21 Laps, FilmNation and Lava Bear Films are the producers.
The mid-November weekend is shaping up to be a hefty one at the box office as studios line up their awards contenders. The date already houses TriStar’s Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Universal’s comedy Almost Christmas and Fox’s Warren Beatty pic Rules Don’t Apply among others.
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