According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amblin Entertainment has brought in Rebecca Thomas to direct the sci-fi film, Intelligent Life. The film follows a U.N. employee who makes contact with a beautiful woman, who may be an extraterrestrial. Thomas is also set to do some additional writing on the script that was originally written by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode 9) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island). The original writers had this to say about Thomas.
“Rebecca beautifully captured the alienation we often feel amongst our fellow humans in her first feature. We can’t wait to see her explore those themes further in a story about our place in the universe.”
Thomas is a member of an exclusive club, as she is one of the few people to direct an episode of Stranger Things, whose last name isn’t Duffer. Only Pixar’s Andrew Stanton and producer Shawn Levy have managed to push the Duffer bros out of the directing chair. Thomas will direct the seventh episode of Stranger Things‘ second season titled, “The Secret Cabin,” which, of course, we have ye tot see. However, given that Stranger Things has already been greenlit for a third season, we can assume that at least the brass over at Netflix are happy with the season as a whole, including Thomas’ episode. With that in mind, this should be a nice fit as Amblin is synonymous with 80s classics such as, E.T., and The Goonies, which heavily influence aspects of Stranger Things. Knowing she has been hired on to direct an Amblin movie, I will take specific note of this episode as I think it may have something a bit extra. The Duffer brothers are not ones to hand off their pride and joy to just anyone.
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