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Ridley Scott Likely to Direct New Sci-Fi Picture The Martian
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.13.2014



Variety reports that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct a new sci-fi project, The Martian, for 20th Century Fox. Matt Damon is currently attached to headline the project, which is based on the e-book publication by Andy Weir.

Below is an official synopsis for the story, which was released in print last February:

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?


Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are attached to produce the film. Steve Asbell is overseeing the film for Fox.





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