The Martian's Andy Weir and Ridley Scott Reunite for Another Movie at Fox

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 3:02PM
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 3:02PM
The Martian's Andy Weir and Ridley Scott Reunite for Another Movie at Fox
The Martian team is getting back together again, as Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Andy Weir will all work together on a new movie at 20th Century Fox. Weir provided the movie pitch, which is untitled for now, with The Martian director Scott and  Martian producer Kinberg set to serve as executive producers.

It only makes sense to get the gang back together (sans screenwriter Drew Goddard, for now), since The Martian was wildly successful with critics and at the box office, not to mention that it went on to be nominated for seven Oscars. The Martian doesn't really lend itself to a sequel, and the plot details for the new pitch are being kept under wraps, but we're hoping it's an adaptation of Weir's next novel, which is another space opera. 

Weir is still in the process of writing his second novel, but a few plot details have been revealed, and they sound incredibly exciting. The Martian author called it "another scientifically accurate story," this time with a female lead and a lunar setting. It takes place in the distant future, in which humanity has built full-blown cities on the moon. 

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"The main character is a low-level criminal in a city on the moon," Weir said of the novel in April. "Her challenges are a mix of technical/scientific problems, as well as juggling personal interactions-staying a step ahead of the local police, working with shady and dangerous people to do illegal things."
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We don't know for sure yet if this is the pitch, but I would be very surprised if it weren't. Aside from a Martian sequel, putting the words "Andy Weir," "Ridley Scott," and "space opera" in the same sentence is the best way to ride the coattails of The Martian's success, and also, it just sounds awesome. Expect to hear more about this project in the coming months.

Via Deadline

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