The Hollywood Reporter
Ridley Scott, even at 77 years old, is still an incredibly busy man. While we all wait patiently for some news regarding his long talked about sequel to Prometheus, another project has hit the radar that has interstellar implications. Read on for details.
According to THR, Ridley Scott is in negotiations to direct Matt Damon in The Martian, an outer space adventure project being made by 20th Century Fox. Scott is sitting in the chair vacated by Drew Goddard, who left the project due to his directing commitments for Sony’s Sinister Six, the planned Spider-Man spinoff.
Scott will also become a producer on the project, joining Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood, who originally found the book the movie will be adapted from.
Martian was written by Andy Weir and self-published by Amazon on September 27, 2012. Goddard wrote the script.
Described as being in the vein of Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away and Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (both of which starred Tom Hanks), Martian centers on an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, NASA tries to mount a rescue mission.
The filmmaker is also in post-production on the Moses tale Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and opening December 12th. Martian will be his 21st feature movie.
So with that being said… when will he have time to direct Prometheus 2? We can speculate all day. Stay tuned.
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