The Universal-based pair will tackle a new story from the best-selling author

In their first big deal since they signed with Universal Pictures, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will develop an original idea from Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis, as well as the graphic novel Cheshire Crossing.

Deadline, who first reported the news, revealed that Universal quickly acquired the idea and have heard that a screenwriter will be hired soon.

A key link between the two parties has been Aditya Sood, who runs the pair’s production company, Lord Miller, and has a long-standing relationship with Weir. While Sood was at Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films, he produced Ridley Scott’s adaptation of The Martian, and set up Artemis with Lord and Miller, who are looking to develop that as a directing project.

Sood then moved over to run Lord Miller when the filmmakers shopped for their first film deal. He will produce this new project, with Weir serving as executive producer.

As for the plot, it’s being kept closely guarded, but has been described as “another problem-solving science fiction adventure.”

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