20th Century Fox
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are heading back to space after being fired off the Han Solo movie, as they have signed on to direct ARTEMIS for 20th Century Fox and New Regency, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Artemis is based on the upcoming book of the same name by The Martian author Andy Weir. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing via their Genre Films. 20th Century Fox and New Regency acquired the film rights in May, and Fox executive Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio, which will now work with Lord and Miller to find a writer to adapt the book.
Crown Publishing Group will release Artemis on Nov. 17. The book is described as an adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science.
The story follows Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz, just another too-smart, directionless twenty-something chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis — and it’s the first and only city on the moon. She’s got debts to pay, her job as a porter barely covers the rent, and her budding career as a smuggler isn’t exactly setting her up as a kingpin, much to her disappointment. So when the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, Jazz can’t say no, and she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Artemis is Weir’s follow-up to The Martian, which sold more than 3 million copies since its 2014 debut. The film adaptation, which was produced by Kinberg and Sood, earned seven Oscar nominations in 2015.
The project expands Lord and Miller’s relationship with Fox, where they’ve had an overall deal on the TV side since 2013 — a deal that has yielded the critically acclaimed series The Last Man On Earth. The directing duo are represented by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief