The incredibly busy Ridley Scott will next direct The Martian, based on the self-published novel by Andy Weir. The film will take the November 25, 2015 release date on Fox's schedule originally thought to be Prometheus 2.
From Prometheus to The Counselor and straight into Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott is one busy guy. He’s now signed on to direct and produce an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, from a screenplay by Drew Goddard, with Matt Damon reportedly set to star. Goddard was originally in-line to direct the project but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts; his screenplay will stay on but it’s unknown if Scott will bring on another writer. Fox has announced that their previous mystery date of March 4, 2016 has now been moved ahead to November 25, 2015 and it will be The Martian and not Prometheus 2 occupying that date.
The Martian is and adventure story about an astronaut stranded on a Mars colony while awaiting the arrival of a rescue party deployed to save him. In the meantime, the astronaut must try and survive the harsh environment of the Red Planet and his ever-depleting supplies. It sounds a little like Cast Away in space or for any classic sci-fi fans the 1964 film Robinson Crusoe On Mars.
Producer Simon Kinberg revealed that production would begin this fall. A very fast production pick-up for a Ridley Scott movie, especially when he has so many projects on the burner. It’s usually Scott’s sci-fi/fantasy projects that are the first to be put on-hold. With such a quick production start, it’s looking good that The Martian will indeed be Scott’s next film.
The Martian will have to go up against Pixar’s long-delayed The Good Dinosaur, as well as Jeff Nichol’s own foray into sci-fi, Midnight Special. Not to mention The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is set to open in theaters a mere five days later. The Martian will have some stiff competition during and after its release.
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