Andy Weir is one of those big success stories in the indie publishing world. This was a guy who wrote a little story on his blog called The Martian before Crown Publishing came a-knocking on his door, giving him a publishing deal and re-releasing the book in 2014, and it wasn’t long until Hollywood came a-knocking as well. In 2015, Ridley Scott helmed the Matt Damon-starring adaptation, and the rest was history.
Andy Weir has since written the novel Artemis and while it didn’t reach the mammoth success of his previous work, it was picked up for a film, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. In 2018, we heard word that Geneva Robertson-Dworet would be writing, but it’s been radio silence since then.
But it looks like Lord and Miller are still in the business of Andy Weir — both in directing Artemis and working on a little something else. Deadline is reporting that the duo are developing an original idea from Andy Weir, and Universal has acquired said idea and is hiring a screenwriter.
While we can’t be sure, based on Weir’s track record, it’s possible that this could be a sci-fi novel, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case. Regardless, it’s a super cool thing that we could be getting an original sci-fi project from the author and filmmakers, and hopefully, it’ll be as unique as their body of work tends to be.
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