Cover Page of Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Script Shot into Space
While Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings is still in theaters, the hype machine has already been started for the director's next film The Martian, and it's literally out of this world. Empire reports that the December 5th launch of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), conducted as a 4-hour test flight 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface, had a capsule full of personal objects important to people involved in the project. What's cool is that one of the objects was the cover page of the screenplay for The Martian, written by Cabin in the Woods scribe/director Drew Goddard, with a drawing by Scott himself.
Here's the script page with the drawing that ended up flying above the surface of the Earth:
For those who haven't kept up, the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission. This sounds like an isolated story, but the supporting cast is pretty expansive and impressive with Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Michael Pena all on board in various capacities. The film is currently in production and 20th Century Fox already has the film set for release next year on November 25th, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates soon.