MGM has put the key pieces together for a potentially big space movie based on the next novel by Andy Weir, author of The Martian.
The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be directing and producing the still-untitled film, which will have Ryan Gosling back in space after recently playing Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s drama First Man.
Weir’s next novel will take a page out of The Martian and will again follow a guy, way out there, on his lonesome. As per Variety, the book is being referred to as Project Hail Mary and “is described as a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.” Random House will be publishing it in 2021.
There’s a big team coming together on this one. Directors Lord and Miller will also be producing with Gosling, Weir, former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal, and Aditya Sood, the latter of whom works under the Lord Miller production banner and also produced The Martian.
“All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel,” De Luca and MGM film group president Pamela Abdy said in a statement.
“With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere.”
Director Ridley Scott took Weir’s The Martian to the big screen in 2015. The Matt Damon starrer became Scott’s biggest film ever, raking in $US630.1 million worldwide.