Having been jettisoned from The Untitled Han Solo Movie four months into production, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have decided to dust off their suits and remain in outer space for their first film since that much publicised galactic fallout, otherwise known as ‘creative differences’. The pair behind box-office successes such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, are heading for the moon, having signed on to lens an adaptation of the as-yet-unpublished novel, Artemis.
Artemis will be published on November 17th, and is perhaps most exciting because it’s written by The Martian scribe, Andy Weir, whose Matt Damon starring, Ridley Scott directed vision was so perfectly cinematic that it grossed $630m worldwide and garnered critical praise to boot.
The story is about a girl called Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz, a twenty-something who lives in the only city on the colonised moon, the titular Artemis. She is bored of her restrictive, small town existence, and longs for something other than working as a low-pay porter and small time criminal, a necessity when you’re living just above the poverty line. When she’s talked into taking part in ‘the perfect score’, as is the way in all good adventure narratives, things quickly go wrong, and Jazz finds herself at the centre of a moon spanning conspiracy that will fulfil her wish and change her life forever.
20th Century Fox and New Regency, along with Genre Films producers, Simon Kinberg (X-Men) and Aditya Sood, the team behind The Martian, will finance Lord and Miller’s adventure, which this time around, we hope it’s a mission that they get to complete.
There’s no indication of release date, but rest assured we’ll keep you posted on Lord and Miller’s progress when we get it.