Jeremy Renner

How Elvish, comics and rowdy astrophysicists helped Eric Heisserer write 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated script

How Elvish, comics and rowdy astrophysicists helped Eric Heisserer write 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated script

As far as hit Hollywood movies go, this one couldn’t be more unlikely: A linguist and a physicist are charged with deciphering alien communication while ruminating on the relativity of language and the nature of time.

Yet, “Arrival,” the sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as a pair of scientists attempting to communicate with a group of “heptapods” from outer space, has been beloved by both critics and audiences — to the tune of a $195-million box office haul worldwide.

On Sunday, screenwriter Eric Heisserer took home the trophy for adapted screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards. And the film has racked up seven Academy Award...

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