'Cabin in the Woods' Director to Write and Direct 'The Martian' at Fox
Last year director Drew Goddard blew audiences away with his meta horror movie Cabin in the Woods (though it was finished and sitting on a shelf for a little while before that), and now he's finally lined up his next project. The Wrap has word that Goddard is in talks to write and direct a film called The Martian for 20th Century Fox. The project is based on an e-book of the same name by Andy Weir, and the story follows an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars, struggling to figure out how he can survive long enough in order to make it back to Earth. That sounds like it might be similar to Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, right?
Well, those familiar with the project say it's much different that the director's anticipated sci-fi film with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock (watch the first trailer here), and it's being described as a mix of Apollo 13 and Cast Away (which just happen to both be Tom Hanks movies). Writer Simon Kinberg (who is working on a Star Wars film) is producing the film which sounds like quite an interesting follow-up for Goddard. This is one of those films where a lot will be riding on the casting of the lead, and honestly, it would be kind of interesting if someone like Tom Hanks ended up getting the role. Thoughts?