Ridley Scott In Line To Direct Adaptation Of Andy Weir's The Martian
Ridley Scott is rumored to be in talks to take over the Director's chair for 20th Century Fox's adaptation of The Martian, by Andy Weir. THR are reporting that Scott is the studio's first choice to replace Drew Goddard after the World War Z screenwriter withdrew from the project to direct Sony's Sinister Six movie.
If Scott is confirmed as director for The Martian, it could have a huge impact on a second Prometheus movie. With Goddard leaving the project to work on Sinister Six (rumored to start shooting in Jan 2015), it's clear that time is an issue for 20th Century Fox when it comes to an adaptation of The Martian. As well as Prometheus 2, Scott has also been linked with an adaptation of Joe Halderman's The Forever War, and as hard working as the 77 year old director is, one can't imagine he would take on three sci-fi projects in a row.
Goddard had already completed a treatment for The Martian before he left, and if Scott was to sign on the project he would also serve as a producer alongside Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) and Aditya Sood. Matt Damon is already attached to play the lead in the movie, which means the project is as close to getting off the ground as it possibly can be without a confirmed director.
The Martian follows pioneering Astronaut Mark Watney who is one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. When a dust storm separates Watney from his crew, he is presumed dead and left stranded on the alien planet. What happens next is the sci-fi equivalent of Robinson Crusoe as Watney desperately tries to cobble together the tools he needs to extend his life on Mars as he waits in vain for a rescue mission.
It's an excellent book, but is it enough to convince sci-fi fans that they don't need a Forever War adaptation or second Prometheus movie?