MGM has brought Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board to direct and produce the film adaptation of The Martian author Andy Weir’s next novel, which has Ryan Gosling lined up to star.
Amy Pascal has also signed on as a producer, joining Gosling and Ken Kao as well as Weir. Lord, Miller and Pascal have a long-running relationship — even sharing office space at one point — and most recently won an Oscar together as producers on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sources said that relationship helped in getting the manuscript in their hands. Aditya Sood, the president of film of the filmmaking duo’s Lord Miller production banner, will also produce. Sood also previously produced The Martian.
Sources say that before Gosling had even finished reading the manuscript, he was lobbying to execs that it seemed like the perfect project for Lord and Miller. The one hurdle that needed to be overcome was making sure Universal, which just signed the duo to a first-look deal, was OK with Lord and Miller making this their next project. MGM chief Michael De Luca and Universal chairman Donna Langley have a long-standing relationship, and following discussions between the two studios, Uni gave its blessing for the project to move forward.