Say what you like about Ridley Scott, and I’ve said quite a lot to the effect that he’s nowhere near the filmmaker he used to be and his films just seem to be getting worse [please Ridley, don’t make this Blade Runner sequel and tarnish your other great science-fiction film], but the man, despite being in his 70’s, just keeps on working. he’s almost finished his Biblical epic Exodus:Gods And Kings, and is going to follow that with The Martian. It’s going to be scripted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir. From the book’s synopsis, it sounds very promising, though the film could end up being a bit Gravity-like [not a bad thing, of course]:
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.
Scripted by Drew Goddard and based on the book by Andy Weir, it stars Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, and Kristen Wiig, and we’ve just had word in that Sean Bean, soon to be seen back on the big screen in Jupiter Ascending, is going to be in it too. The Wrap tells us that he will play a NASA flight directorm, and hints that his character may actually survive the whole film.
The Martian lands November 25, 2015.