Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct Fox’s ‘The Martian’ With Matt Damon

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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  1. Mike says:

    Anyone old enough to remember or ever heard of “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” with keir Dullea (sic)?

  2. Thesaurusrs says:

    This is going to be freaking GREAT! I am beyond excited about this possibility. Great, funny book about a genius guy (Will Hunting) pushed to the absolute limits (Bourne). And Ridley in space? All right!

  3. kab says:

    l guess matt will take anything these days.he hasnt been getting other offers.

  4. Ian Fisch says:

    Having read the book, I can say it’s nothing like Mission to Mars or Red Planet. I think Scott is a terrible choice for this. The book’s a page-turner, whereas Scott’s flims always do a great job putting me to sleep.

  5. harry georgatos says:

    This a variation,of stinkers such as Brian De Palmas Mission To Mars and that other stinker Red Planet. Both films failed to recoup their investment.

  6. Jill says:

    And Prometheus 2? It has a release date scheduled already.

  7. Watto says:

    Ok but what about Paradise aka Prometheus 2 ?!

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