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If you still haven’t seen the 2016 Oscar-winning film Arrival, now’s a great time to remedy that. Fantastically scripted by Eric Heisserer and featuring breathtaking direction from Denis Villeneuve, the heart of the story comes from Ted Chiang‘s source material, “Story of Your Life.” 21 Laps Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment recognized that winning combination for Arrival and struck Oscar gold because of it. Now, they’re hoping for a repeat with a new feature adaptation of Ken Liu‘s short story, The Message.
THR reports that the production companies have acquired the movie rights to “The Message”, a short story from Liu that originally appeared in a 2012 issue of Interzone. The story follows an astro-archeologist who investigates and preserves the legacy of extinct civilizations on distant planets. When he’s reunited with a teenage daughter he has never met and never knew he had, together they explore a mysterious ruin and a cryptic message it contains. That’s the science-y side of it, but the heart centers on the pair’s discovery of their own relationship and a secret that will change them forever.
Liu - Inspiration - Story - Blog
Liu talked about the real-world inspiration for the short story in his blog:
The direct inspiration here is, of course, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, and specifically the “nuclear semiotics” project, which thought about the challenge of designing the site in such a way as to send a warning message to future humans throughout the subsequent millennia as the waste slowly decayed.
Liu - Difficulty - Element - Tale
But Liu also talked about the difficulty in finding the “human element” of the tale, which took nearly...
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