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[Movies] Matt Damon in Talks to Star in New Sci-Fi Project The Martian
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.09.2014



The Wrap reports that Matt Damon is in talks for the lead role of The Martian for 20th Century Fox. The film is based on the 2012 e-book publication by Andy Weir.

Below is an official synopsis on the sci-fi story:

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?


Fox is looking for a new director for the project after Drew Goddard exited the project. The company is looking for a director Damon would like to collaborate with in order to give the film a green light in the immediate future.

Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are attached to produce the film.





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