Ridley Scott the Matian
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Ridley Scott is in talks to direct the Fox pic “The Martian” with Matt Damon attached to star.

Simon Kinberg has come aboard as a producer alongside his exec Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner. Fox exec Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio.

Story 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.

Scott is currently in post-production on his Moses pic “Gods and Kings” and Damon can be seen next in “Interstellar.” They are both repped by WME.

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