Phil Lord & Chris Miller To Direct ‘The Premonition: A Pandemic Story’ From ‘Moneyball’ Author

Although they’ve been involved with many different projects, almost all of them incredible such as Into the Spider-Verse and The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Phil Lord and Chris Miller haven’t actually directed a film since 2014’s 22 Jump Street. There was that whole Solo: A Star Wars Story thing but, uh, nah, that ended up not happening. Well, now they’re getting back behind the camera on an adaptation of a book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis.

Variety reports Lord and Miller will direct The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, based on the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis which follows the early days of COVID-19 from three people working inside the ill-prepared Trump administration.

Lewis is known for his books which have been adapted into acclaimed films, including Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Big Short.

So you’re tired of pandemic movies, you say? I get it, and I am, too. But the combination of Lewis, Lord, and Miller promises this will be something different and probably an awards contender. It’s quite a change of pace for the duo, though, so we’ll have to see how they handle shifting gears from comedy and animation to such a sobering topic.

Next up for Lord and Miller is Project Hail Mary, a Ryan Gosling-led adaptation of The Martian author Andy Weir’s sci-fi novel.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.