Ridley Scott to Direct Matt Damon in 20th Century Fox's 'The Martian'
Though Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard was once slated to write and direct the sci-fi adventure The Martian at 20th Century Fox, it appears his only credit will be for the script. THR has word that Ridley Scott is now in talks to direct the film, based on an e-book of the same name by Andy Weir, following 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. Though there will be inevitable comparisons to Gravity, it's being described as a mix of Apollo 13 and Cast Away. There's even a big name attached to lead the film. Read on!
This time Scott, who is also producing the film, will be working with Matt Damon for the first time, who was just seen in the sci-fi flick Elysium last year. With a script from Goddard and Scott behind the camera, this sounds like a very intriguing project. However, since Prometheus didn't turn out to be quite as good as we all hoped, we're not fully invested just yet. Plus, Prometheus 2 is already slated to be released on March of 2016, so it's not clear how soon The Martian will get off the ground. Since Goddard left the film due to his commitments directing The Sinister Six for Sony Pictures, it sounds like Fox is eager to get started.