Back when THE MARTIAN was prepping for its home video release, reporters had a chance to chat with the novel’s author, Andy Weir. At the time, he had been working on his follow-up novel, some Hollywood screenplays, and a TV series pitch. Weir had actually back-burnered a book project by the name of “Zhek” in order to work on a new story “about a city on the moon” that was “going to be another technically accurate sci-fi story.” Though he was understandably reluctant to dish out too many specifics at the time, now, it looks like that project is coming to the big screen as ARTEMIS. And as Deadline reports, none other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be at the helm.
20th Century Fox and New Regency acquired the rights to Weir’s book this past May and now have the exultant team of Lord & Miller to take it into theaters. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood return as producers; they also shepherded THE MARTIAN, which put Weir on the map. Lord & Miller are currently prepping to set a writer to adapt ARTEMIS. Granted, they could do it themselves, but they’re already writing Sony’s UNTITLED ANIMATED SPIDER-MAN FILM for a December 14, 2018 release with their script for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 currently filming for a February 8, 2019 release.
But back to ARTEMIS. The book is due out November 14th, according to Amazon. The adaptation is a big priority for Fox following up on the unexpected success of The Martian, and a bit of a blank slate for Lord & Miller, now free of franchise baggage. As for Artemis, the publisher describes it as follows:
An adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science. It centers on 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.