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Ava DuVernay departs as director of Intelligent Life

Lupita Nyong’o remains attached to star in the sci-fi thriller

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Ava DuVernay will no longer direct DreamWorks’ sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life.

The Selma filmmaker was attached to helm the project but has exited due to scheduling conflicts, EW has confirmed. Lupita Nyong’o remains attached to star in the story of a United Nations worker who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman that may not be of this earth.

Jurassic World director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly wrote the script, which was reworked from an earlier draft called The Ambassador.

“Dear @ColinTrevorrow, Can’t wait to see one of my favorite scripts come to ‘LIFE.’ Pun intended,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter after it was announced she had left the project. “Go get ’em, pal.”

In response, Trevorrow replied, “I’ll keep leaving scripts on your doorstep with high hopes. So many stories, so little time…”

DuVernay’s other projects in the works include her OWN series Queen Sugar, a big-screen adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time for Disney, and a Hurricane Katrina-themed film.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of DuVernay’s departure.