Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Direct Andy Weir’s Artemis

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Now that the dust has settled on the Star Wars Han Solo film with Ron Howard taking over the reins for reshoots, ousted directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are preparing to move on to something new. Clearly there are still in high demand with Warner Brothers reportedly courting them to direct The Flash (which they originally helped write). However, it looks like they are opting for something outside the realm of highly-coveted studio franchises for the time being. Lord and Miller have just signed on to direct a sci-fi heist movie called Artemis, based on the latest novel from Andy Weir (The Martian). The plot synopsis is as follows:


“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.”

The project is set up at Fox and New Regency with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood producing. The book itself has not been published yet (it hits stores on Nov. 17th). Although The Martian was praised for its real-world scientific accuracy, this seems like a much more traditional sci-fi story. It is unclear if Artemis has the same self-aware sense of humour as The Martian, but that would certainly seem to fit Lord and Miller’s style. Are you looking forward to Artemis?

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  • Deven Science

    I’m looking forward to the book, which is on my wish list, but the movie? Don’t know if I care. I’ll read it first.