Having recently secured an Oscar nomination for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are developing a new sci-fi project titled The Last Human.
The duo hope to direct the project themselves, which is based on the upcoming children’s book of the same name by Lee Bacon. Shazam! writer Henry Gayden will write the script. The book is set after a robot apocalypse, where humans have been extinct for thirty years.
The plot revolves around a 12-year-old robot who befriends a 12-year-old human girl named Emma, who has spent her entire life living in an underground bunker. Their unlikely friendship leads them to embark on an arduous and dangerous adventure together. The book will be published in October, but obviously Lord and Miller see its potential and wanted to get in on the ground floor.
Multiple studios are reportedly bidding on the project, including Sony and Warner Bros., both of whom have history with Lord and Miller thanks to the Jump Street and LEGO Movie franchises, respectively. This film may not turn out to be the duo’s next project though, as they have already signed on to direct the adaptation of Andy Weir‘s book, Artemis.
Lord and Miller’s continued impressive output is making Disney’s decision to fire them from Solo: A Star Wars Story look a very poor one. Fortunately other studios don’t seem to have the same willingness to replace them with Ron Howard. They will likely be Oscar winners by the time The Last Human heads into production.