Simon Kinberg Confirms Ridley Scott's Next Movie Will Be The Martian
Simon Kinberg has confirmed that Ridley Scott's next directorial job will be the big screen adaptation of Andy Reid's 'The Martian, starring Matt Damon. Kinberg's confirmation should finally put an end to weeks of confusion as Scott was linked with just about every mouth-watering sci-fi project going. Not only has Scott been actively pursuing sequel projects for Blade Runner and Prometheus, but he was also linked with directing an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's sci-fi classic, The Forever War. But producer Simon Kinberg has now confirmed via Jeff Goldsmith's Podcast that The Martian has wriggled its way to the top of Scott's 'to do list' and will start shooting as soon as this Fall.
While this is an incredibly exciting project, Kinberg's announcement spells bad news for Prometheus fans who were recently buoyed by rumors that the sequel to the Alien prequel was being touted for a March 2016 release. It doesn't take a genius to work out that if Scott is shooting the Martian this Fall, it's incredibly unlikely that he could hop into the chair in time to get Prometheus 2 released by March 16th.
Of course, this isn't to say that Prometheus 2 won't happen. If Fox really want to see the movie released in 2016, it's quite likely that Scott will be given an Executive Producer role and asked to hand-pick a director to take his place. Which would sci-fi fans prefer? Prometheus 2 without Ridley Scott in the chair getting released on time or a painstaking wait for the legendary director's schedule to clear up?
With Matt Damon already attached to take up the leading role, the adaptation of The Martian is a tantalizing prospect. Andy Weir's novel rapidly garnered a cult following after its release, and the plaudits from fans and critics were thoroughly deserved. The story follows astronaut Mark Watney who becomes stranded on the red planet after a dust storm forces the rest of his crew to evacuate their historic mission. What unfolds next is a tale of survival that makes Tom Hanks' Castaway look like a trip to Rockaway Beach.
So, what will this mean for the other projects being linked to Ridley Scott? Will Scott want to take on another sci-fi adaptation in the shape of The Forever War? And let's not forget, he still owns the rights to adapt Hugh Howey's brilliantly depressing post-apocalyptic 'Wool' series.
Either Scott is going to be the busiest man in show business over the next few years, or there are going to be a lot of disappointed sci-fi fans.
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