Some interesting news from TheObserver today, as they seemingly are reporting that Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s feature film adaptation of Andy Wier’s science fiction novel Artemis might be moving forward at 20th Century Fox, based on a new casting breakdown for the lead role of Jazz Bashara. Weir is best known for his novel The Martian that was turned into the Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon.
Artemis takes place in the late 2080s and is set on the first and so far the only city on the Moon. It follows the life of porter and smuggler Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara as she gets caught up in a conspiracy for control of the city.
Here is the character breakdown they posted.
Jazz Bashara (Mid-20s): Middle Eastern descent and raised Muslim, has lived on the moon since she was 6. She’s poor—but with an incredibly clever and scientific mind, she’s become the moon’s go-to smuggler, which helps her secretly pay off her father’s debts. Having been let down too many times, she has a hard time trusting people—but she covers up her insecurities with bravado.
The script was penned by screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Her credits include Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider, and the now-scrapped Gotham City Sirens.
20th Century Fox has yet to officially announce they’ll be moving forward with the film, but if they’re indeed in the casting process it would mean that Artemis may be a pre-merger project at Fox that Disney’s Alan Horn sees worth putting into production. Which makes a lot of sense given the two recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film with Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
Lord and Miller were famously removed as directors on Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, so it’s lovely to see them taking another big swing.
I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that remakes such as Julius Avery’s Flash Gordon and Jeff Nicholas’ Alien Nation will also be movies that end up getting made as well.
A production start or release date both have yet to be revealed, two things that would likely further support that the studio was indeed making Artemis.
SOURCE: THE OBSERVER