You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir Developing New Movie With Fox, Ridley Scott

Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” has set up an untitled movie project at Fox with producers Ridley Scott through his Scott Free Productions and Simon Kinberg through his Genre Films.

Fox bought Weir’s pitch and hired him to write the script for the project, which will be Weir’s first screenplay. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.

Weir self-published “The Martian” as his first novel in 2011 as a free serial on his website, then sold it on Amazon Kindle before selling the rights to Crown Publishing, where it became a New York Times bestseller.  He has since published short story “The Egg” and “Across the Lake.”

“The Martian” movie adaptation received seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture for Scott, Kinberg, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffman, best actor for Matt Damon and best adapted screenplay for Drew Goddard.

Fox set up another project last week with Scott, Goddard and Kinberg, tapping Scott to direct the Western “Wraiths of the Broken Land” from Goddard’s script. Scott, Goddard and Kinberg are producing “Wraiths” with Scott Free’s Schaefer and Aditya Sood.

Steve Asbell is overseeing both projects for Fox.

Scott has started shooting “Alien: Convenant” in New Zealand for Fox as a sequel to “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir starring. The film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 4, 2017.

The news about Weir’s project was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • The Plague Season 2 Spanish TV

    Telefonica, Atresmedia to Create Content Factory Behemoth

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — In a game-changing move for Spanish-language production Telefonica, Europe’s third biggest telco, and Atresmedia, the original co-creators of “La Casa de Papel,” are uniting to create a new joint contents production giant. Aimed at gaining more scale and uniting the two companies’ talent relations – writers, directors and producers – the 50/50 [...]

  • Media Company Formed Through Merger Given

    KKR-Backed German Media Conglomerate Takes the Name Leonine

    The KKR-backed German media company formed through the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV, and Wiedemann & Berg Film has been given the name Leonine, it was revealed Friday. Fred Kogel, CEO of Leonine, said: “When choosing the new brand as our company name, the following aspects were decisive for us: it [...]

  • Scattered Night

    San Sebastian New Directors Jihyoung Lee and Kim Sol Talk ‘Scattered Night’

    After taking the Korean Competition Grand Prize and the best acting award (Moon Seung-a) at the Jeonju Intl. Film Festival, “Scattered Night” now heads to San Sebastian’s New Directors selection. An intimate portrayal of a family whose members are deeply isolated from one another, the film follows two parents overwhelmed by their responsibilities, their own [...]

  • Johnnie To Quits Taiwan Golden Horse

    Johnnie To Quits Golden Horse Awards as China Builds Pressure

    Leading Hong Kong film maker Johnnie To has dropped out of the Golden Horse Awards, where he was set to be president of the jury deciding the prize winners. The awards, which take place and are organized from Taiwan, have long been considered the most prestigious prized in Chinese-language cinema. However they are currently under [...]

  • Zeroville

    Film Review: 'Zeroville'

    I’m tired of hearing how some novels are “impossible to adapt.” Balderdash! Just because some books don’t lend themselves to being translated from page to screen doesn’t mean that the attempt ought not to be made. Just ask James Franco, who’s shown a speed freak’s determination to tackle some of the unlikeliest literary adaptations of [...]

  • Red Penguins review

    Toronto Film Review: 'Red Penguins'

    “Red Penguins” is a cautionary tale with particular resonance in the context of our current bizarre intertwining with Russia, the country that interfered in the last U.S. presidential election and is led by the POTUS’ apparent BFF. This wild tale of attempted transnational commerce just after the demise of the USSR in the 1990s chronicles [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content