Earlier this week the stunning first trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian was released, and the trailer has bagged 18 million hits so far, which is substantially more than Gravity did in 2013.
Fox have now decided to bring the release of the film forward, from 27th November to 2nd October.
This means that The Martian will be released the same time as Gravity was a few years back, so Fox are clearly expecting a huge box office return from Scott’s latest space epic. Based on how good the trailer is, I suspect this film will be huge, and moving it away from the big November release, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, is a smart idea.
This does mean that Fox’s horror film, Victor Frankenstein, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein, has been pushed back to the US Thanksgiving weekend. The high concept horror will now be released in US cinemas on 25th November. This is the second time the film has been pushed back, as originally it was scheduled for a January 2015 release.
I am not sure what this means for the UK release of Victor Frankenstein, as we are at the moment still due to have the film on 25th September.
The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott, with Drew Goddard adapting the novel written by Andy Weir. The cast includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The Martian lands in UK cinemas 2nd October.
Radcliffe stars next to Jessica Brown Findlay and James McAvoy (who will be playing Victor Frankenstein)
Frankenstein is a new version of the story which is directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, Gangster Number 1). The script has been written by Chronicle’s Max Landis, and will take a sci-fi approach to the Frankenstein story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.
Writer Landis has expressed an interest in exploring Igor’s character with this new film.
Frankenstein arrives in cinemas on 25th September 2015.
James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.