If you, like me, were unexpectedly charmed by “Safety Not Guaranteed” (which had a few sold-out screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival in May before opening in theaters earlier this month), you’ll be happy to know that its filmmaking team has a new, not-entirely-dissimilar project on tap. Deadline reports that director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly (longtime friends, from back when they were interns at “Saturday Night Live”) have another science-fiction-ish story to tell, called “The Ambassador”:
The film is set in the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, which not only monitors the universe for signs of life but is prepared to represent humanity if and when aliens arrive on earth. A shy, low-ranking staffer unwittingly makes first contact when he meets a mysterious beautiful woman and must risk more than his job when they are threatened by forces of this world and beyond.
Trevorrow and Connolly are writing the screenplay together, with Trevorrow to direct. A producing company, Big Beach, is already lined up. If it has even half of the offbeat energy and appeal of “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “The Ambassador” should be a winner.