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

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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