Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel Artemis has landed Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Weir’s previous novel The Martian was adapted into a smash hit film starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. Lord and Miller will tackle Artemis after their high-profile firing from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Disney and Lucasfilm production that released this summer to disappointing box office numbers.
When taking on the Artemis project, Lord and Miller mentioned their desire to build their own world rather than deal with a pre-existing property – a not-so-subtle reference to the hard time they had working under the Disney/Lucasfilm umbrella with Solo. The novel they will tackle takes place on the moon, and concerns a down-on-her-luck smuggler named Jazz Bashara who takes a potentially life-changing job, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy involving the titular town of Artemis. Echoes of the Han Solo character can easily be detected in the character of Jazz, making this a very interesting project for the dismissed Solo directors to take on.
Given that Artemis features a female lead, it’s unsurprising that Lord and Miller have reportedly engaged Geneva Robertson-Dworet to tackle writing the adaptation (via Deadline). Robertson-Dworet previously wrote the script for this year’s Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, which went on to take in $273 million at the worldwide box office. Robertson-Dworet also co-wrote the screenplay for Marvel Studio’ highly anticipated Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as the first female MCU character to get her own standalone film.
The incredibly sought-after Robertson-Dworet has also been announced as co-writer on the script for Silver & Black, the Sony Spider-Man spinoff about a pair of female villains. Robertson-Dworet is also reportedly working on the Dungeons & Dragons, MASK and Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light movies being set up by Paramount and Hasbro (though it’s fair to wonder how many of those projects will ever make it past the planning stages as Hasbro attempts to set up its own toy-based cinematic universe).
Lord and Miller look to be planning a sci-fi comeback after their negative Solo experience, and to do so they’re basically planning a gender-swapped spin on the Han Solo character. To assist them, they’ve nabbed a screenwriter who already has a track record helping franchises inject some legitimate feminine character into the mix. The elements now appear to be in place for Lord and Miller to put Solo behind them and craft their own universe where they get final say on story and tone. It will be interesting keeping tabs on casting for Artemis as the movie proceeds through development. Fox reportedly has high hopes for the film after their adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian took in $630 million worldwide.