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Andy Weir’s follow-up to ‘The Martian’, ‘Artemis,’ is coming in November, and a movie is already in the works

Matt Damon in the "The Martian," based on the novel by Andy Weir.
(Aidan Monaghan / 20th Century Fox)

Fans of Andy Weir’s bestselling science fiction novel “The Martian” have something to look forward to — his follow-up, “Artemis,” will be released this November by Crown.

The movie rights have already been snatched up, Deadline reports, by 20th Century Fox and New Regency.

“Artemis” follows Jazz Bashara, a small-time smuggler living in the first city on the moon, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy after she jumps at a chance to commit the perfect crime.

Weir was a software engineer who published “The Martian” in installments on his website. Its word-of-mouth popularity led to a deal with traditional publisher Crown, as well as a movie adaptation starring Matt Damon. He said he’s excited about his new book’s release.

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“I got to do the science-dork stuff I love, but this time with a much more complex and character-driven plot,” he said. “It’s a big stretch for me, but I think it came out well.”

In a video posted by Crown, Weir explains that “Artemis” was more difficult to write than his previous novel.

“‘The Martian’ was a straight-up human versus nature story where the goal was simple survival,” he said. “‘Artemis’ is a much more complicated crime story with mysteries involved.”

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“The Martian,” about an astronaut stuck on Mars, was adapted into the 2015 film starring Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood, who co-produced “The Martian,” will also produce the adaptation of “Artemis.”

The novel “Artemis” will be released Nov. 17.


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