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First Look at Matt Damon on Mars in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

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March 20, 2015

The Martian

Later this year we'll get another sci-fi flick from director Ridley Scott, and we're hoping it's better than Prometheus. This time there's not the pressure of fitting into the Alien universe and living up to the hype as The Martian is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Shooting is underway with the film slated for release this fall, and Weir himself seems to be involved on the set, or at least visiting the production as he's just posted a playful photo with Matt Damon. And if you look in the background, you can see a practical Mars rover on the set as well. It's hardly an official look at the film, but it's cool to see.

Here's the photo from the set of Ridley Scott's The Martian from Andy Weir's Facebook (via Collider):

The Martian

The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Prometheus) and written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) became one of the first people to walk on Mars. But 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. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan and more star in the film 20th Century Fox will release in time for Thanksgiving on November 25th.

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  • OfficialJab
    Careful around that guy on other planets.
  • TheOct8pus
    How can they breathe on Mars without space suits on??
    • RIPHollywood
      It's a press photo! He's with the director! You may as well ask how a Hollywood director is on Mars with Mark Watney!
      • TheOct8pus
        You mean, this film wasn't shot on Mars??
  • Amazing cast (minus Damon, not a fan) but after the last 3 bombs, I really have my doubts that Scott can deliver something relevant. Anyone read the book?
    • Mike
      Read the book, and you should too. It's very enjoyable (and very fast). As long as they don't take too many liberties, it should be pretty simple to translate from the book to a movie. It is almost written like a script.
    • 97point6
      The book is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The author nails the science and technology aspects — definitely much more science, than fiction. I'll be interested to see how they work around the ever present running monologue inside Watney's mind.
  • Trip
    Just finished the book. They don't walk on Mars without a suit. The story is an extremely detailed story aiming for realism.
  • I'm intrigued to see what characters Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig play.
    • Mike
      Wiig will definitely be the intern girl that finds the landing site via satellite. (I can't remember the names from the book)
      • Wiig plays Annie Montrose, NASA’s PR chief (the intern, Mindy Park, is played by Mackenzie Davis from the TV show ‘Halt and Catch Fire’). Donald Glover plays Rich Purnell, the NASA guy who devises the slingshot manoeuvre.
  • ari smulders
    Bashing prometheus is easy and I am probably the only one who liked it. Ridley Scott makes decent movies and indeed no classics, but does Spielberg after saving private ryan? This one looks very interesting...
    • earthlingdave
      Minority Report, Munich, Lincoln...
      • ari smulders
        In your eyes classics, not in my eyes...
        • 97point6
          Yes, but each better than any RS alternative.
          • ari smulders
            true...
      • 97point6
        Good list.
    • SubSumeYou
      Thanks, Ari. No, you're not the only one, and I agree with you, I find the bashing of Prometheus off putting especially as it seems the males are the primary source . It's like the complaint leveled at a new form of music after you 'very been playing for ages the old music. To me, these 'fanboys' are just that, BOYS, stuck in a familiar pattern, are stimulated by it and nothing else and remains the same. That, I will never understand this mindset: space marines, chasings, aliens. IT'S BEEN D ONE AD NAUSEUM. ENOUGH. The new road IS Prometheus, regardless, of the clumsy flaws. I like to explore UNFAMILIARITY. Nice to meet you.
      • ari smulders
        nice to meet you too! I thought that the mythology behind prometheus was very well done and the special effects and cgi were awesome! On this website are the marvel boys the leading group of apes and downsize everything what isn't made by marvel! I like marvel movies,but i also have a open mind for other movies!
      • So let me see. Are you saying that people cannot dislike something or citic something of which universe they are fan off? Who said that people wanted another Aliens? People wanted a smart Alien movie and Prometheus, sorry, wasn't.
    • Are you trolling? "indeed no classics"? Blade Runner is a classic so is Alien. Or where you referring to only Prometheus?
      • ari smulders
        I was referring to prometheus and indeed alien and blade runner are über classics...
  • Mr Chatterbox
    Matt Damon - the man you are most likely to meet hanging about in space!
  • Xerxexx
    Cannot wait.
  • Peter
    The book was the best thing I read last year (reading it over a weekend, I could not put it down). No surprise it was picked up for filming its very cinematic and Matt Damon seems a good fit for the lead character. My only criticism of the book is the lead character seems totally irrepressible and never seems to have a down moment which even the most well adjusted personality would surely do in that situation. Look forward to seeing it.
    • DAVIDPD
      So much agreement. The book was just a ton of sciencey fun. So logical, but written in such a way it is not a total snore fest.
  • DAVIDPD
    Damon is losing a ton of weight for the role! This will be great stuff people. I would HIGHLY recommend the book to people. It reads fast and fun. Also, the audiobook is awesome too! The reader does all the voices and is not distracting.
  • USNJIMRET
    How much of a complete rip off of Red Planet is this thing? Only thing missing is the quasi self aware AMEE! There's even a female commander all broken up over leaving people behind. Can't believe that whoever has legal control of the Red Planet material isn't suing the hell out of this group. Seems to me the author wrote this one drugged up weekend watching Red Planet on Netflix! And maybe a little bit of Mission to Mars.
    • ErrorSapiens
      Is this your "post-reading the actual book it is based on", or is it your "reading small lines in random articles and making up my point of view" ?
      • USNJIMRET
        No, this is my post regarding the story as presented. I am not about to go out and get, then read, a book that a movie in production is based upon before commenting on a "news" story. And in the event the book is NOT much like the movie as described in the story I commented on, then what does THAT have to do with my post? Still seems to me that this movie, as described in the story I commented on, is what I called it, a rip off of an earlier movie. And Yes, I know that many movies are just that, retelling a previously told story. Doesn't change what I said.
        • ErrorSapiens
          Sure does not change anything you wrote, that part is correct. I was wondering if you had read the book, and was giving us information that could be of interest or if I should be as biased about you as you are about this article. See the link now, or you just want to caps look words to add power to thin arguments? :) Just seem odd to go all out on the ripoff rage over such a small article.. thats all.. carry on, I`m sorry for bothering you.
    • RIPHollywood
      Read the book. It has nothing to do with those pieces of garbage except they all happen on Mars. This movie is going to be great if they stick to the source material.
      • WIllWallace12
        Did you ever SEE red planet? I do agree, this movie steals several ideas from that movie VERBATIM.
  • clearthinker
    Anything with matt damon sucks. All of his movies bomb. Plus he, along with dead howard zinn hate America. Yes, while making millions in America, Matt still manages to hate the country that made him wealthy. Ungrateful is what he is.
  • stuart
    How is it people can comment on a movie they have yet to see,if ridley sticks close to the novel then I predict a blockbusting success as was the book ,I loved it
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  • Luke
    This is my most anticipated film of the year, even more than Episode VII. I only read the first four chapters of the book and then I stopped because I wanted the film to carry on the story and see if it can stand on its own feet, so I didn't want to know how it ends. But it was some really, really good stuff. The last good Mars movie in my opinion was "Mars Attacks!" from 1996, after that any film that revolves around Mars either sucks or bombs at the box office. If Scott manages to break this "curse" and gives us a good and successful Mars movie, I'll forgive him for Robin Hood, Prometheus, Exodus and his last bad films. Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck...
  • WIllWallace12
    I enjoyed the movie, but its somewhat of a rip off of the earlier movie red planet. A couple of things are lifted right off or the former movie, ie, using mars pathfinder to reestablish communication with earth, and rocketing into an orbital intercept with the female captain waiting on a tethered jet pack (OMG, that is EXACTLY the same scene) The Martian is a better movie, but it does do some ripping off.

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