Drew Goddard, writer of Cloverfield and director of The Cabin In The Woods, is looking to helm The Martian. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the story revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after his crew leaves him behind, and must survive on his own until he can find a way to return home. Goddard is looking to write the film as well as direct and currently, the project is set up at Fox with Simon Kinberg producing.
Described as a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away, the movie certainly sounds intriguing. I haven’t read the e-book that it’s based on but just from the brief plot description that we have, The Martian seems like it could make for a solid sci-fi thriller, especially under the talented Drew Goddard. It should also be noted that while the story sounds similar to Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming Gravity, apparently this film will be “quite different,” according to insiders.
Goddard is currently one of Hollywood’s most sought after writers and after giving us The Cabin In The Woods he’s proved that he can direct as well. It’s about time he found a new project to helm and I’m happy to hear that he’s settled on The Martian. I think the material sounds like something that’s right up his alley and I am fully confident that he produce another impressive film.
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