Ridley Scott has begun talks to replace Drew Goddard as the director of sci-fi Mars-set thriller The Martian.
Like the protagonist of the flick, The Martian seemed a little unanchored until recently, being that it was detached from a director after Goddard backed out to work on the Sinister Six movie. Luckily for us sci-fans, The Martian looks to have now secured someone with enough experience in space movies so that we can breathe easy, in Alien and Prometheus director Scott. Rumor has it that he'll also produce through his Scott Free company, joining producers Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.
Based on Andy Weir's e-book of the same name, [The Martian](movie:959366) revolves around an astronaut, played by Oscar-winner Matt Damon (Elysium) after getting stranded on Mars. As his food supplies rapidly run out, the astronaut must find a way to escape the red planet and find his way home.
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?
Scott always keeps a lot of irons in the fire, so just what he'll end up directing after the Christian Bale-starring Exodus: God and Kings hits on December 12 is anyone's guess. Hopefully The Martian will stand a good chance, giventhat both Damon and Scott now look to be involved; Fox will probably want to keep the ball rolling on this one.
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