Phil Lord and Chris Miller may have recently gotten fired by Lucasfilm off of the standalone Han Solo film, but they’re still very much in demand filmmakers with a whole lot of talent to spare. We knew it wouldn’t take long for them to hop on board another project, and if you were like me, you may have been hopeful that they’d sign on to helm the upcoming DC flick, Flashpoint. The pair had done an outline for The Flash film that ultimately got canned by the studio, and the character very much seemed to be a good fit for their kinetic directing style. But sadly, it was never meant to be.
Deadline is reporting that Lord and Miller have signed on to develop and direct Artemis, a novel by The Martian author Andy Weir, into a feature film. If you’ve never heard of the book, there’s a reason why. The book is set to hit bookstands this November — so we’re still a solid month-plus away from anyone really knowing if the story is actually any good.
However, after reaping the benefits of adapting Weir’s The Martian (which included over $600 million at the box office and several Oscar nominations), Fox was smart to jump back on the Weir bandwagon when they did. Plus, with Lord and Miller helping to develop the project, even if the book ends up being bad, it still stands a chance of being a good movie.
The synopsis for Artemis (the novel) is below:
“Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.”
Deadline is describing the film as “an adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science,” whatever that means. It sounds to us that some of the fun will actually lie in the world-building of this city on the moon, and given the scientifically-accurate The Martian (or at least the seemingly-accurate to an idiot like me), adding an extra bit of grounding to this tale sounds like it could make for a very unique story.
Lord and Miller seem like a solid fit for this film, and knowing Weir’s writing style, we’re sure it’ll have plenty of humor for them to play around with in the movie as well.
What do you think? Are you excited that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found another big project to sink their teeth into? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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