Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ryan Gosling’s space movie

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referr…

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.

Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referred to as Project Hail Mary, and now it has been revealed that he will be directed by the filmmaking duo.

According to Variety, the pair will also produce the project alongside Aditya Sood, from their production banner, Gosling, Ken Kao, and Amy Pascal. The latter has a long-running relationship with Lord and Miller, with them winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar together for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last year, and this bond helped with getting the manuscript in their hands.

Sources told the publication that the First Man star lobbied studio executives at MGM to hire Lord and Miller, but they had just signed a new deal with Universal. However, after discussions, Universal gave MGM their blessing for the project to move forward with the filmmakers.

“All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel. With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere,” said MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in a statement.

Weir’s upcoming novel, which is set to be published by Random House in spring 2021, will reportedly be a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.

The author’s 2011 novel, The Martian, was adapted into a Golden Globe-winning film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon in 2015.

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Ryan Gosling to produce and star in Project Hail Mary

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in neg…

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.

The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in negotiations to seal the film rights to the project, which Gosling will both star in and produce, according to editors at Deadline.

Project Hail Mary follows the tale of a solitary astronaut on a space ship who is assigned a mission to save Earth.

Gosling, 39, will produce Project Hail Mary alongside Ken Kao, who previously served as executive producer on Best Picture nominee The Favourite.

Weir’s first novel, which was self-published in 2011, was The Martian, which told the tale of an American astronaut stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035. It was adapted into a critically-acclaimed blockbuster by Ridley Scott in 2015 and starred Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels. The Martian went on to land seven Academy Award nominations and grossed more than $630 million (£510 million) worldwide.

Two-time Oscar nominee Gosling last appeared on the big screen in 2018, portraying Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama First Man. The movie, which also starred Claire Foy, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler, documented the years leading up to the astronaut’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969 with Buzz Aldrin.

Weir’s second novel, Artemis, was published in 2017, and Fox News Regency bought the rights, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. The story follows a woman named Jazz, who feels constrained by her small town of Artemis, which is a city located on the moon.

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