Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the producers behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, will work on an original story by author Andy Weir, who wrote the popular science-fiction novel The Martian. That book was later adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon, and both the book and movie were praised for bringing real-world science to adventure storytelling.
Lord and Miller have had a fascinating career in Hollywood. They created the cult animated TV series Clone High in 2002 before going on to direct big-budget studio films. They directed The LEGO Movie, rebooted the 21 Jump Street franchise, and most recently delivered the critically acclaimed animated Spider-Man adventure. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse strayed wildly from the traditional Spider-Man movies and featured a cast of memorable, alternate-universe web-slingers. That movie featured the intelligent, meta-comedy Miller and Lord have become known for. Of course, not all of their projects have been a success. The creative duo was also famously fired from their co-director roles on Solo: A Star Wars Story over creative differences with Disney. Now, Lord and Miller have settled on a new project.
After the success of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the creative team will work on an original story by author Andy Weir, according to Deadline. Lord and Miller's production company, Lord Miller, has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which has acquired the new project. Right now, the movie is still in the idea phase, and a screenwriter will still need to be hired to flesh out Weir's new idea. Per Deadline, the story is a "problem-solving science fiction adventure" similar to The Martian.
Together, Lord and Miller have had an incredible track record in Hollywood, and they've proven especially adept at big-budget comedies and science-fiction. Audiences are eagerly looking forward to Into The Spider-Verse 2, which is set for a spring 2022 release. Already, fans are speculating as to which new Spider-people may appear in the sequel (a Spider-Man based on the Japenese TV series is a popular bet). Likewise, The Martian, which was directed by Ridley Scott, was also a huge success, and Weir's fans should be excited for his next science-fiction adventure.
The untitled project would actually be the second collaboration between Weir, Miller, and Lord. The duo is directing an adaptation of Weir's novel Artemis, which takes place in the future on the moon. This latest collaboration is still in the earliest stages, but Lord and Miller have a history of picking very interesting movies. For now, fans of the directors' work can watch Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on Netflix and Blu-Ray.