Book to Screen: ‘The Martian’ Leaves Science on the Page and Goes for Thrills on Screen

     October 6, 2015

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Andy Weir’s self-published novel The Martian became a huge bestseller, and it was a big hit at the box office this weekend. The film also went over big with critics, and is primed to be a potential player in this year’s Oscar race. But for director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard to translate Weir’s book to the big screen, how much did they have to lose, and what did they choose to keep?

[Heavy spoilers ahead for both the book and the movie]

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