So naturally fans were expecting Ridley Scott to move on to Prometheus 2 once post-production is completed on his Moses epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, but Variety has reported some news which may put a spanner in the works of those plans.
About a year ago it was reported that Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) would be directing an adaptation of the e-book written by Andy Weir, The Martian. Matt Damon was attached to star.
Goddard also adapted the screenplay for the film, and while it appears for now that his adaptation will remain, Goddard has left the picture as director. The reason for this? Goddard is about to begin work on his Sinister Six movie.
With Simon Kinberg producing, and Aditya Sood for Kinberg’s Genre Films banner, and Fox exec Steve Asbell overseeing the feature, Ridley Scott has now entered talks to direct. Damon, at this point, is still attached to star.
Should Scott take on the job of directing The Martian as his next film, that would mean either Prometheus 2 will be put on hold until he is finished with The Martian, or that Scott will not direct the sequel, and instead will produce. Personally, I can’t see Scott wanting to step back from directing his beloved Prometheus sequel, so at this moment in time the film would appear to be up in the air in terms of when it will actually get made, which sucks.
The Martian is a science fiction thriller about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.
Here is the e-book synopsis courtesy of Amazon:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?