Phil Lord & Chris Miller acquire original idea from author Andy Weir
According to Deadline, Lord Miller’s Oscar-winning filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are developing an original idea from The Martian and Artemis author Andy Weir in addition to the graphic novel Cheshire Crossing.
The project marks the first major deal under Lord Miller’s first-look deal at Universal Pictures, who quickly acquired Weir’s idea and are currently seeking out a screenwriter.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the untitled project has been described as another problem-solving science fiction adventure. Sood will serve as a producer with Weir set to executive produce.
The outlet notes that Lord Miller is run by Aditya Sood, who produced the movie adaptation of Weir’s novel The Martian, which was directed by Ridley Scott. He also helped set up the upcoming collaboration of the filmmakers adapting Weir’s Artemis for the big-screen, with the duo serving as directors.
Genever Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider) is attached to write the Artemis movie adaptation. The story follows Jazz, a porter and part-time smuggler in the lunar city of Artemis. Trying to make a little extra money, she accepts a less than legal job but ends up involved in a much bigger crime. The movie is currently set to be released in 2021.
Universal Pictures upcoming movies include Queen & Slim, Black Christmas, Cats, 1917, Dolittle, The Turning, The Photograph, The Invisible Man, Trolls World Tour, and Jordan Peele’s Candyman.
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