Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct THE MARTIAN Starring Matt Damon

by     Posted 221 days ago

ridley-scott-the-martian

About a month ago, Drew Goddard had to exit 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian due to his commitment to directing Sony’s The Sinister Six.  While Matt Damon remains on board the film as star, director Ridley Scott is now reported as being in talks to helm the picture.  Goddard was attached to direct his own adaptation of Andy Weir’s e-book, and though he’ll be stepping away from the director’s chair, it looks like his screenplay will remain in place, at least initially.  The story follows one of the first people to walk on Mars who becomes stranded and must struggle against insurmountable odds in order to survive.  Hit the jump for more on The Martian and Scott’s involvement.

the-martian-book-coverAs Heat Vision reports, Scott is in talks to come on board The Martian as director.  He’ll also join Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood as producers.  This could be a more reined-in version of Scott’s recent work since it should center on a lone survivor if the script takes a Gravity-like approach.  Either way, it’ll be nice to see what Scott can do in a space-based tale when he’s not beholden to an existing cinematic mythology.

Here’s the book description for The Martian (via Amazon):

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?




Like Us


Comments:

FB Comments

  • steve c

    i read the book, which was o.k. think castaway, in space.

  • Strong Enough

    fuckin Simon Kinberg

    • M&M

      Right?
      The guy’s got his hands in just about everything these days.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Any Sci-Fi movie is welcome when Sir Ridley is involved.

  • Grendal Sven

    Sounds interesting, think I’ll go ahead and give the book a read.

  • axalon

    Wait, how will this affect the Prometheus 2 production?

  • axalon

    Wait, how will this affect the Prometheus 2 production?

    • The Flobbit

      And Blade Runner 2 and the Football movie and the Forever War? Sir Ridley, you have a blank cheque in my book, so GET AROUND AND DO SOMETHING WITH IT!

    • The Flobbit

      And Blade Runner 2 and the Football movie and the Forever War? Sir Ridley, you have a blank cheque in my book, so GET AROUND AND DO SOMETHING WITH IT!

  • axalon

    Wait, how will this affect the Prometheus 2 production?

  • mattinacan

    they are obviously looking to repeat the success of Gravity, because the book is basically Gravity on mars.

  • Pingback: The Martian

  • Pingback: NerdFu | The Nerd Fu Podcast – EPISODE 43 – TV Winners & Losers

  • Pingback: Ridley Scott to Next Direct The Martian with Matt Damon

  • HORSEFLESH

    It hasn’t been confirmed that Scott will direct Prometheus 2; he might be a producer.

Click Here