Ex-Han Solo directors land Artemis, adaptation of The Martian author's new novel

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Sep 26, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller didn't have to wait long to find their next directing job.

The filmmaking duo behind The Lego Movie and, until recently, the Han Solo prequel have not been sitting idle after losing the latter gig earlier this summer due to creative differences with the Lucasfilm brain trust. According to Deadline, Lord and Miller will now adapt Artemis, the upcoming new novel from The Martian author Andy Weir.

The book is out Nov. 14, but Fox -- home to the excellent film version of The Martian -- snatched up the rights back in May. Now the studio has snagged Lord and Miller, who will in turn help Fox find a writer to pen the screenplay.

Here's the synopsis from the publisher, Crown, which describes the book as a "near-future thriller" and a "heist story set on the moon":

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

This will be Lord and Miller's first real chance to build a cinematic world from the ground up, having worked with existing templates on The Lego Movie and their two films based on 21 Jump Street. That might have been an enticing proposition to the duo, who have also been writing the animated Spider-Man movie for Sony and have been back in the rumor mill as possible contenders to take over the Flashpoint movie for DC -- a project they left for their brief sojourn in the world of Star Wars.

The Martian was a tremendous bestseller as a book and a blockbuster hit as a movie, but it remains to be seen whether Weir will work his storytelling magic again. Are you looking forward to Artemis? Has the Lord and Miller deal got you more intrigued about it? Share your thoughts below.