Simon Kinberg Says Ridley Scott’s Next Film Will Be THE MARTIAN

     June 24, 2014


It appears as though Ridley Scott has settled on his next project.  Back in April, we learned that Scott had entered talks to direct the sci-fi film The Martian with Matt Damon set to star.  Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast recently (via The Playlist), producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that The Martian will indeed be Scott’s next project, and in fact the film is gearing up to start production this fall.  Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct the Gravity-esque tale of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must make his way home, but was forced to drop out of the director’s chair due to his Sinister Six commitments.  However, Goddard completed what Kinberg describes as an “incredible script”, and it looks like Scott will next be heading to the Red Planet to bring the project to fruition.

Hit the jump for more, including where this leaves Prometheus 2.

ridley-scott-the-martianThe big question this news brings up is, what about Prometheus 2?  20th Century Fox announced a March 4, 2016 release date for an untitled Ridley Scott project recently, and that was subsequently reported as being Prometheus 2, though other outlets claimed the date for the follow-up was not yet set.  If Scott is shooting The Martian this fall, that doesn’t leave him enough time to complete post-production on that film, then prep, shoot, and edit Prometheus 2 in time for the March 2016 release date.  Either that release date was never actually Prometheus 2, or, someone else will be directing the sci-fi follow-up while Scott simply produces.

The Prometheus 2 release date was never actually confirmed by Fox, so it’s possible that Scott plans on getting around to the follow-up after The Martian, but I imagine the studio isn’t keen to wait another year or two for the sci-fi sequel when Scott could remain involved in a producorial capacity.  They could bring in an up-and-coming director to steer the further adventures of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender‘s diesmbodied head, possibly continuing a new franchise.

the-martian-book-coverAs for The Martian, the premise is certainly intriguing and refreshingly toned-down for a studio tentpole.  The big hurdle will be avoiding Gravity comparisons, but I have great faith in writer Drew Goddard and Damon’s an impeccable actor.  With Scott now firmed up to direct this next, I’m interested to see what he brings to the sci-fi project.

Read the synopsis for author Andy Weir’s ebook below.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? []

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  • rick

    Scott has reached M. Night Shyamalan levels. He’s gotten that bad.

    If that Moses movie that’s coming out this year sucks, then I’ve lost all hope for him.

    EDIT: For all the angry people, I meant that it’s gotten to the point where you expect a movie to be bad if Ridley Scott’s name is attached to it, regardless of the premise or cool trailers. His last few movies have all been panned.

    • Julio Navas

      What? I have never seen a Ridley Scott movie as bad as The Last Airbender. I will agree that he has become a hit or miss director lately, but he´s nowhere near Shyamalan.

    • Max Rockatansky

      You stupid idiot. MNS is a 1 1/2 hit wonder. Even though Prometheus was a disappointment(crap script) it still better than all of MNS movies.

    • MJ

      If this remark isn’t the MOST DUMB-ASS COMMENT IN THE HISTORY OF COLLIDER, then I’d like to see one that is more moronic?

    • the king of comedy

      He`s no longer the visionary director that brought us alien and blade runner but he`s definitelly not on the same level of M.Night Shyamalan.

  • Christian

    Is it possible that The Martian is actually the March 2016 film? I really hope Ridley Scott doesn’t retire (or worse) before we get Prometheus and Blade Runner sequels. I’m fascinated to see what he does with them.

    • the king of comedy

      Agreed, altough I don`t think Blade Runner needs a sequel, if he has to choose beetwen one of them I would prefer a Prometheus sequel, the first one had great potential, it didn`t live up to expectations but still didn`t mess things up that much to ruin the franchise, I think a sequel, if done right, can be everything we hoped the first one to be, answer some questions left by the first movie while expanding the story and taking us to new and exciting places, and with the amazing visuals and top notch acting (Fassbender and some new actors, Scott always brings amazing actors to his movies), this could be a classic.

  • Person

    This actually sounds exactly like Gravity, I’d much rather have Prometheus 2. Flawed though it was, Prometheus had huge potential for ensuing installments.

    • MJ

      It’s not really much like Gravity.

      I think I’d rather see this than Prometheus 2.

    • The edger

      It’s nothing like Gravity and it’s even less like Cast Away, which is another silly comparison I’ve seen made. It’s got a biting wit.

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  • Max Rockatansky

    Yes! Yes! Yes! More sci-fi from Ridley!! Please give the man a good script for Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2 also.

  • RedMercury

    Ooh! That’s my favorite!

  • Nick

    I just finished the book a couple of days ago. It’s amazing. But I honestly don’t see Damon as the star. Not sure who I’d pick.

    • MJ

      Damian Lewis !!!

      • NIck

        Ooohh, that could work.

    • David Eight

      Adrian Brody.

    • the king of comedy

      I think maybe Fassbender, amazing actor and I think he may become Ridley Sccot`s new Russell Crowe.

    • The edger

      I think Damon is a great choice. But I’ve always wanted to see Damon work with Scott.

  • Strong Enough

    blahhhh. rather have a sequel to alien

    • The Flobbit

      We got one. It’s called Aliens, and you should get your head out of the rock it’s been under for 30 years and check it out.

      • Strong Enough

        alien is shorter to type than PROMETHEUS. i try to make my life as easy as possible :D

  • bigfrog

    I saw Prometheus again during a long flight today and all I have to say is that the script just gets worse with each viewing.

  • tarek

    Sir Ridley + Space = I’ll buy my ticket.

    • The Flobbit

      Sir Ridley + Space + A good screenplay = I will buy the ticket, another ticket, the blu-ray, the CD, the pirated version, the tie-in version, and the six ultimate cuts released in the next 20 years.

      • tarek


  • MJ

    By coincidence, I am reading this novel right now, and it’s a really good one.

    Think of Apollo 13 mixed with 127 hours.

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    I like the sound of this film. Stranded survival films i like a lot, though I do hope this doesn’t just echoe Red Planet. (Which was great, apart from that Ninja Nasa Robot thing being OTT)
    Maybe this film will be like that, minus the Robot, which would suit me. Now, if only they could make Sunshine again, minus Freddy Kruger, I’d have a nice collection.

    As for Prometheus 2, I liked the visuals (mostly) But, Hated the engineers, some of the crew, the script, the way it wasn’t entirely an Alien Prequel, And the fact that they then decided to ruin the Alien films mythology and mystery. Oh, and the whole ending.

    If a sequel is made, they need to stick with the Alien theme and set them up properly. Seeing that Ship crashed in the trailers, then finding out that its not even the same one or planet from Alien was very dissapointing. Yet, a few script changes and extra ideas could have fixed this. I wish they made an animatic version of the film, screened it, then shot the better version properly with hind site. Damn you Damon Lindeloft!!!

    • tarek

      “As for Prometheus 2, I liked the visuals”

      Lucky you!

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  • The Flobbit

    Ridley Scott’s recent films have faltered yes, but not for lack of ambition, or a brilliant cast and stunning visuals and attention to detail. They’ve faltered for lack of a good script, and with Simon Kinberg on board for this one, I am extremely psyched.

    One of the masters of sci-fi returning!

    • Oreos 4 me

      Agree with this^^^^. The book is killer. High tension, which is one of Scott’s greatest strengths. Great match all around.

  • The Flobbit

    “The big hurdle will be avoiding Gravity comparisons”. Really? And not putting together a good cast, a good script, or making a good movie? Because avoiding connotations to a completely unrelated movie should be every filmmaker’s priority.

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  • Dip

    why mars? Red Planet. Mission to Mars. John Carter of Mars. y u no Jupiter?!

    • Rob Bos

      Jupiter is more a backdrop than a destination. Though there’s some great SF set in Jupiter’s atmosphere, it’s harder to relate to on a personal level.

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  • Sofa Critic

    The only people complaining about ‘Prometheus’ are the hard-core Comic-Con types. I thought the movie was great. Sure it had a couple lame moments, but over all, it was a fine sci-fi pic.