Here’s a hot one. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Evans (Captain America) are set to star in buzzy new movie package Project Artemis, we can reveal, with Ozark star, director and exec-producer Jason Bateman aboard to direct.
That’s not all. Fresh off its Best Picture Oscar win for Coda, Apple has swooped on the in-demand package in a $100M+ deal. CAA cut the deal on behalf of the producers. This marks another massive purchase for the studio following a year that saw them pay more than $200M for both the Matthew Vaughn package Argyle and the untitled F1 racing pic starring Brad Pitt.
These two were supposed to team up on a RomCom called "Ghosted" pretty recently, but ScarJo had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Having arguably the two most attractive members of the biggest movie franchise in history join back up in any project is huge, but having them in a Jason Bateman joint really gets my attention. A lot of you probably know him for his comedy + drama acting chops, but he has directed a lot as well. He was in the chair for 11 episodes of Ozark, as well as a very funny episode of Arrested Development(a show coincidentally produced/directed by the Russo Brothers).
Here is what we "know" so far.
Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps but we hear the project is set against the space race. Screenplay comes from Rose Gilroy, daughter of writer-director Dan Gilroy and actress René Russo.
Not a ton to go off of, but I guess we're looking at a late 50s early 60s setting and probably something romantic or at least with a romantic sub-plot. What interests me most is the fact that AppleTV+ is throwing $100 million at it. That means(hopefully) good set design, good SFX and just good production value overall which is huge.
Shoutout Marty Byrde getting the big bucks baby!