18 May – Ryan Gosling will be leading a space movie again, this time in the big screen adaptation of the new novel from "The Martian" author Andy Weir.
Renowned filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be directing and producing the upcoming movie for MGM, Variety reported.
MGM chief Michael De Luca and MGM film group president Pamela Abdy said, "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 humor, 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."
As mentioned above, the "dream team" consists of Lord and Miller as well as star Gosling, author Weir and producers Aditya Sood, who previously produced "The Martian"; Amy Pascal, who has a long-running relationship with the filmmaking duo; and Ken Kao, who formed the production company Arcana with Gosling.
The movie currently has no official title since the novel it is based is also currently untitled and only referred to as "Project Hail Mary".
Set to be published by Random House in spring 2021, the novel focuses on an astronaut who is tasked with saving the planet and follows his solitary tale aboard a spaceship.
Gosling will have no problem playing an astronaut as he previously portrayed Neil Armstrong in the 2018 biographical drama film, "First Man".
After winning an Oscar as producers of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", Lord and Miller followed up that success with a first-look production deal at Universal. MGM had to get the green light from Universal to allow the duo to work on the upcoming Gosling-starrer, but that was no tough feat since de Luca has a long-standing relationship with Universal chairman Donna Langley.
Aside from "Project Hail Mary", MGM has also landed the rights to the Ron Howard-helmed Thai cave rescue movie, the Lady Gaga-starring and Ridley Scott-directed "Gucci", and George Miller's Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton-starring "Three Thousand Years of Longing".