Lord and Miller to Adapt Moon Crime Caper Novel From the Author of ‘The Martian’
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are doing just fine for themselves after being booted off the set of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo movie. The directing duo have just signed on to an adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming sci-fi novel Artemis, described as a crime caper set in the Moon’s very first city. If his name sounds kinda familiar, that’s because he’s the same guy who wrote The Martian.
Weir’s The Martian became a bestseller after it was published in 2011 and Ridley Scott’s movie got seven Oscar nominations in 2015 (and was nominated for the Golden Globes’ “Best Comedy or Musical” category), so Artemis is a big project for Fox, which acquired the rights for the book back in May. The plot, according to Deadline:
It centers on Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz, just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething 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.
The Martian was lauded for its entertaining depiction of real science, and for Weir’s ability — garnered from his engineer background — to realistically solve unique problems and invent new technologies that could very well be similar to the actual machinery NASA builds to send us to the red planet one day. Artemis sounds like more of the same: a hugely fun read that is also based on an exhaustive body of knowledge and based in real fact.
Fox hasn’t started casting the movie yet, to our knowledge, but we’re very excited to see who lands the role of Jazz. If you’re interested in reading the novel before seeing the movie (which you should be, The Martian was fantastic), Artemis hits bookshelves November 17.