After Elysium, Matt Damon doesn't seem prepared to abandon sci-fi just yet. The word on the web is that Damon is being eyed to appear in [The Martian](movie:959366), a new space bound disaster flick described as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away.
The project, which was originally intended to be directed by Drew Goddard, is based on a 2012 e-book of the same name by Andy Weir. Since this first announcement, Goddard has left the project to pursue other commitments, namely Netflix's upcoming [Daredevil](movie:47230) show and Sony Picture's The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off, [Sinister Six](movie:1274281). So far, no replacement has officially been found, but if these rumors are to be believed, the producers are going ahead with casting.
The synopsis of the original book goes as follows:
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?
Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are on board to produce, and apparently they want to move fast with the project - perhaps to capitalize on the success of Gravity?
What do you think? Is this the kind of project for Damon? Can be pull off a one man show à la Robert Redford in All Is Lost? Drop your comments below.