Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have set up their next project. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has optioned screen rights to The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, a new book by Michael Lewis that follows the efforts of a group of Americans that attempted to sound the alarm on COVID-19 at a time when many were underestimating its threat to the United States.
Lord and Miller are attached to helm the production while Amy Pascal will produce through her Pascal Pictures banner, along with Rachel O’Connor. No screenwriter is currently attached to the project. Lord and Miller will take on the project after completing Project Hail Mary, an adaptation of the new novel by The Martian writer Andy Weir. Ryan Gosling will star in that film.
The Premonition focuses on a biochemist, a public health worker, and a White House employee as they attempt to work around bureaucratic organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare the country for the imminent threat of COVID-19.
Lord and Miller most recently worked with Pascal as producers on the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The directing team rose to popularity helming comedies like the Jump Street series, The LEGO Movie, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
After leaving directorial duties on Solo: A Star Wars Story over creative differences in 2017, Lord and Miller have shifted to working as producers over the past few years. The Premonition and Project Hail Mary represent their first forays back into film-directing since 2014’s 22 Jump Street.
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Michael Lewis has had several of his books adapted into movies before, many of which became awards favorites. The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Moneyball all garnered numerous Oscar nominations after their release.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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