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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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Reader Feedback - 39 Comments

1

Careful around that guy on other planets.

OfficialJab on Mar 20, 2015

2

How can they breathe on Mars without space suits on??

TheOct8pus on Mar 20, 2015

3

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!

RIPHollywood on May 8, 2015

4

You mean, this film wasn't shot on Mars??

TheOct8pus on May 8, 2015

5

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?

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 20, 2015

6

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.

Mike on Mar 20, 2015

7

Thanks for that. Will pick it up!

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 21, 2015

8

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.

97point6 on Mar 20, 2015

9

Just finished the book. They don't walk on Mars without a suit. The story is an extremely detailed story aiming for realism.

Trip on Mar 20, 2015

10

I'm intrigued to see what characters Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig play.

Franklin Carpio on Mar 20, 2015

11

Wiig will definitely be the intern girl that finds the landing site via satellite. (I can't remember the names from the book)

Mike on Mar 20, 2015

12

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.

Matthew Buchanan on Apr 11, 2015

13

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...

ari smulders on Mar 20, 2015

14

Minority Report, Munich, Lincoln...

earthlingdave on Mar 20, 2015

15

In your eyes classics, not in my eyes...

ari smulders on Mar 20, 2015

16

Yes, but each better than any RS alternative.

97point6 on Mar 20, 2015

17

true...

ari smulders on Mar 21, 2015

18

Good list.

97point6 on Mar 20, 2015

19

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.

SubSumeYou on Mar 20, 2015

20

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!

ari smulders on Mar 20, 2015

21

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.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 21, 2015

22

Are you trolling? "indeed no classics"? Blade Runner is a classic so is Alien. Or where you referring to only Prometheus?

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 21, 2015

23

I was referring to prometheus and indeed alien and blade runner are über classics...

ari smulders on Mar 21, 2015

24

Matt Damon - the man you are most likely to meet hanging about in space!

Mr Chatterbox on Mar 20, 2015

25

Cannot wait.

Xerxexx on Mar 20, 2015

26

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.

Peter on Mar 20, 2015

27

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 on Mar 20, 2015

28

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.

DAVIDPD on Mar 20, 2015

29

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.

USNJIMRET on Mar 21, 2015

30

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" ?

ErrorSapiens on Mar 23, 2015

31

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.

USNJIMRET on Mar 23, 2015

32

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.

ErrorSapiens on Mar 23, 2015

33

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.

RIPHollywood on May 8, 2015

34

Did you ever SEE red planet? I do agree, this movie steals several ideas from that movie VERBATIM.

WIllWallace12 on Oct 18, 2015

35

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.

clearthinker on Mar 31, 2015

36

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

stuart on Apr 9, 2015

37

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Hero Sky Cheats on May 5, 2015

38

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...

Luke on May 9, 2015

39

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.

WIllWallace12 on Oct 18, 2015

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