Jodie Foster's no stranger to sci-fi as an actress, having memorably starred as an astronaut in Contact and taking another extraterrestrial role in Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium. But as a director her work has been a lot more earthly-- Little Man Tate, Home For The Holidays and her new film The Beaver are much more human-scaled projects, a modesty that makes sense for a skilled actress who only directs occasionally. But fresh off the success of The Beaver at SXSW, Foster has set her sights on yet another directorial effort, and as she puts it, "it's much more a genre movie" than a family drama.

Talking to The LA Times Foster said the project is still in very early stages, with an unnamed screenwriter writing the script and Foster planning to do some rewrites. But here's how she described her interest in a sci-fi project to begin with:

“I’d like to do that ’cause that’s a world I live in as an actor but I’ve never really gone to as a director. I’d still have to have all the other stuff in a film. It can’t just be, ‘There’s a bad guy, there’s a monster.’ It has to have all the other stuff too.”


It's hard to figure out exactly what she means by that, but given that Foster is incredibly thoughtful as both an actress and a director, it's safe to assume she's making she doesn't turn in just another blow-'em-up alien movie-- not that we'd ever expect her to do so anyway. Given that it's been 16 years since Foster last directed a film, it's an amazing treat to have her returning behind the camera again so soon.
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