Twentieth Century Fox acquires science fiction spec script “Understand” written by Eric Heisserer, based on a short story by Ted Chiang. From Deadline:
Deal comes after the record breaking Cannes deal Paramount made to acquire North American and China rights to Story of Your Life, also a project that 21 Laps developed with Heisserer based on a Chiang story. Amy Adams will star in that movie next yer with Denis Villeneuve directing. Understand is about a man who is awakened from a coma by an experimental drug that has unforeseen consequences.
You can read Chaing’s “novelette” here.
You can read my April 2013 interview with Eric here.
This tweet from Eric accompanying news of the deal:
Even given my rusty math skills, that comes out to 3 screenplays per year. That is what we call productive!
Heisserer is repped by WME.
By my count, this is the 27th spec script sale in 2014.
There were 49 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.