Deadline reports that Jason Bateman will not be directing Apple TV+’s upcoming movie “Project Artemis” starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. In March, Apple TV+ acquired the new science-fiction movie for $100 million.
Previously, it was reported that Bateman will executive produce a new drama series “Lessons in Chemistry” for Apple TV+ starring Brie Larson. However, the streamer has not yet officially announced the series.
Jason Bateman exits Apple TV+ “Project Artemis” over creative differences
The screenplay of “Project Artemis” is written by Rose Gilroy and is produced by Scarlett Johansson, and Bateman, along with Jonathan Lia, and Keenan Flynn through These Pictures production company, which commissioned and developed the script.
Reportedly, Bateman was going to direct the new movie, but now, he has decided to part ways over creative differences.
We’re hearing from sources that Bateman and These Pictures amicably and mutually have chosen to part ways on the pic due to creative differences. I’m told that both sides respect the other’s work and will continue to hunt for the right project to collaborate on down the road.
Although the storyline of “Project Artemis” is kept under tight wraps, Chris Evans might have confirmed the general plot of the movie on Twitter.
On March 31, 2022, Deadline tweeted that Evans and Johansson are going to star in the new movie for Apple TV+ inspired by NASA’s Project Artemis to put a human on the Moon in the 21st century. And Evan retweeted the post with the comment “very excited”.
The upcoming movie is going to be Evans’ second and Johansson’s first project with Apple TV+. Evans stars in Apple TV+ 2020 hit drama series “Defending Jacob”. It was reported that Evans and Johansson would be starring in a romantic action-adventure movie “Ghosted” by Dexter Fletcher. But for undisclosed reasons, Scarlett left the project and she was replaced by Bond girl Ana de Armas.