Ex-Han Solo filmmakers Phil Lord, Chris Miller to direct Martian author's next novel
After departing the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are headed back into space.
EW has confirmed that the two directors have signed on to develop and direct a film version of Andy Weir’s upcoming novel Artemis. Weir’s debut novel, The Martian, was previously adapted into the 2015 Ridley Scott film, which earned seven Academy Awards. His next novel, Artemis, is described as a heist story set on the moon, and it’s set to be released Nov. 17.
20th Century Fox and New Regency acquired the rights to Weir’s novel all the way back in May of this year, and Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood (who previously produced the film version of The Martian) are set to produce Artemis too. Steve Asbell is overseeing for 20th Century Fox.
Artemis is Lord and Miller’s first film since they were fired as directors of the young Han Solo movie and replaced by Ron Howard. They previously directed The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the two 21 Jump Street movies.
Weir spoke to EW earlier this summer about Artemis, which tells the story of a young smuggler named Jazz Bashara who’s living in a small town — which also happens to be the first city on the moon. Described as a “directionless twenty-something,” she dreams of something bigger, and before long, she gets wrapped up in a life-changing heist.
“I worked hard to make a deeper character than [The Martian’s] Mark Watney,” Weir previously told EW. “Jazz is more nuanced. She’s flawed. She makes bad decisions. She’s incredibly intelligent, but she’s always looking for the shortcut.”