Coming off his directorial debut on last year’s brilliant horror film The Cabin in the Woods, it appears that Drew Goddard has settled on a follow-up directorial project. Goddard will write and direct The Martian for 20th Century Fox, which is based on the e-book by Andy Weir. The story centers on an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return home. The premise is not dissimilar from Alfonso Cuaron’s long-in-the-works Gravity, which opens later this year, but Goddard showed tremendous promise as a filmmaker with Cabin so he’ll no doubt deliver something interesting with The Martian. Hit the jump for more.
News of Goddard’s involvement with The Martian comes courtesy of The Wrap, which reports that Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will be producing the adaptation. Goddard told Steve in a video interview last summer that he was writing his next screenplay, but it’s unknown if The Martian is something he’s been working on for a while or if this project is new to Goddard’s table.
Professionally, Goddard got his start writing for shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, and Lost before eventually scripting 2008’s Cloverfield and co-writing Cabin with Joss Whedon. Most recently, Goddard retooled the ending for this summer’s zombie thriller World War Z and has been scripting Robopocalypse for director Steven Spielberg, though that project is on hold at the moment. The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic piece of work, and I’m eager to see what Goddard will bring to the sci-fi realm with The Martian.