Even though The Martian author Andy Weir’s next novel Artemis hasn’t hit bookshelves yet, a movie is already in the works. Fox bought the rights to the film earlier this year, and Deadline is reporting that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now signed on to direct.
The book, which comes out this November, is described as “an adrenaline-charged crime caper.” Set on a moon colony named, you guessed it, Artemis, it will follow a young woman who’s feeling penned in on what is effectively a small town… just on the moon. A part time smuggler, she ends up taking a job that gets her in over her head, and adventure ensues.
Lord and Miller were freed up to take on the project when they were, uh, released from their obligations with the Hal Solo movie. They’re currently working with the studio to find a writer to adapt Weir’s book and get this thing going.
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
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In a bizarre turn of events, Lucasfilm has announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy stated:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.
Miller and Lord contributed to the statement, saying:
Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.
This is a strange one. The Han Solo movie (which still doesn’t have a title) is well into production, with only three weeks remaining of principal filming. For a film like this to lose its directors this far along is rather concerning. Lucasfilm says the film is still on track for a May 2018 release, but I can’t imagine that’ll be easy if they’re changing creative direction this late in the game.
I guess we’ll find out.
One of the biggest questions since Disney and Lucasfilm announced they’d be making a young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is who would take over the role from the legendary Harrison Ford. Well, after literally dozens of speculative articles and supposed “leaked” short lists we seem to finally have our answer.
THR is reporting that Alden Ehreneich has been been cast in the part. Viewers likely know Ehreneich from Kingsman and his scene stealing moment in Hail, Caesar!, and he bears enough of a resemblance to Ford where I can definitely see this working.
Technically the casting has not been announced by studio, but multiple sources have confirmed the news. The film is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (best known for directing The Lego Movie and creating the amazing TV series Last Man on Earth), and while it’s probably the upcoming Star Wars film I’m the least excited about, it should still end up a pretty decent flick.
Right now the as-of-yet-untitled Han Solo Anthology film is due out in 2018.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are all over the place these days. First they’ve got a time travel comedy in the works, then they’re doing a remake of Greatest American hero. It never seems to end. The latest news is that their comedy TV series Son of Zorn has been picked up by Fox for the 2016-2017 season.
Son of Zorn tells the story of Zorn, a He-Man-like barbarian, as he returns to modern day earth after ten years. Zorn tries to reconnect with his son Alan (Johnny Pemberton) and his ex-wife Edie (Cheryl Hines). While the show will be shot live action, Zorn himself will be animated (voiced by Jason Sudeikis).
I honestly think this could be pretty entertaining. Lord and Miller did well with Last Man on Earth (not to mention The Lego Movie), and I look forward to seeing how this turns out. There’s just enough nostalgia left for the He-Man franchise to fuel referential humor about it (and not enough to sustain an actual remake), so this could be pretty successful if it’s done right.
I guess we’ll find out.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Last Man on Earth, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are making a time travel-centric show for Fox. The show will be called In Time, and it has a “put pilot” order. What this means is that the show will, at the very least, have a pilot produced and if the network doesn’t air it they will have to pay a hefty fine to the studio.
Like Last Man on Earth did with post-Apocalyptic fiction, In Time will feature ordinary people in a classic science fiction premise. The show will follow three people who lead mundane lives who end up traveling through time.
No further details have been released, but considering Lord and Miller’s success in both their television and film projects, odds are In Time will end up being pretty solid.
Via TV Insider