'Cabin in the Woods' Director to Write and Direct 'The Martian' at Fox

May 16, 2013
Source: The Wrap

The Martian / Drew Goddard

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?

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E-Book deal money!

DAVIDPD on May 16, 2013


I always have reservations about Fox projects...sometimes that can REALLY dilute the talent of just about everyone involved. There was a stretch where it seemed like they were loosening the reigns and letting very interesting films get who knows.

Chris Groves on May 16, 2013


I don't know why connect between "First Half of Real Word" of Cabin in Woods and "Second Half of Totally Unbelievable Fantasy Underground Word" of it was sooooooo Passionate to many horror fans but for me still : EVIL DEAD >>>>> CABIN IN WOODS

Ehsan Davodi on May 16, 2013


I wonder how Do they know that it's different from Gravity since Gravity plot has always been under wraps...

How do they know? on May 16, 2013


The Gravity plot is fairly straight forward I'd say, I don't see what kind of Shymalan like twists they could throw in.

Matt Peloquin on May 16, 2013


Bummer the publisher pulled the e-book from the market, but there's a great audiobook edition still available! Definitely worth checking out.

c_soul on May 18, 2013


I don't this Tom Hanks could pull off a character like Mark Watney. I read the Audiobook on Amazon and it blew me away. Its the only edition available to check out right now.

James Tonn on May 21, 2013

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