News Movies News | Written by Laura Potier 16/05/2022


Short story author Ted Chiang and writer-producer Eric Heisserer (Shadow and Bone, Bird Box) are re-teaming for the first time since their ground-breaking success, Arrival. This time, Heisserer is producing the adaptation of Chiang's Division by Zero, reports THR, a short story published in a 1991 issue of Full Spectrum 3 Magazine whose rights have been picked up by Luma Features. Henry Dunham (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek) will write the script and direct.

Division by Zero imagines what happens when math doesn't add up anymore. Once a professor of mathematics discovers that 1 = 0, the revelation has the potential to upend the universal foundation of math and society – as well as the foundation of her marriage, and her sanity.

"Ted’s writing resonates with me, compels me to revisit his stories regularly,” Heisserer stated. "Division by Zero has been among my favourites, but I didn’t see how it could live as an adaptation until Henry and I talked at length about it as mutual fans. I’m so excited to collaborate with Ted again, and to watch Henry’s vision for this emotional story come to life with the creative support of the artists at Luma.”

Chiang's short story Story of Your Life was the basis of Denis Villeneuve's 2016 film Arrival, with Heisserer's script earning the film an Oscars nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.