After being relieved of their duties directing the untitled Star Wars spinoff centered on a young Han Solo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found their next project.
The duo has signed on to direct Artemis, which is based on the book of the same name by The Martian author Andy Weir and is described as an “adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science.” It follows your average twenty-something struggling to get by, only this particular twenty-something happens to live in the one and only city on our moon, and an opportunity to greatly improve her situation has presented itself.
Weir’s new book isn’t even out yet, with a release set for November 14th. Here’s a description from Amazon:
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller””a heist story set on the moon.
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.
Lord and Miller will now begin developing Artemis as a movie, and their first course of action is to work to find a writer or writers to adapt the book into a screenplay.
Lord and Miller previously directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and its sequel, and The LEGO Movie.
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