To say writer/director Drew Goddard has been “busy” lately doesn’t even come close to adequately describing the guy’s work schedule. Most recently, he’s having conversations with Sony Pictures about directing the film version of the Spider-Man spinoff The Sinister Six (which he wrote), and he’s heading to a different corner of the Marvel universe by writing Netflix’s upcoming “Daredevil” series. About a year ago, Goddard was in the mix to write and direct a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian for Fox, but now that these other projects have moved to the forefront, The Wrap says that the studio doesn’t want to wait for his schedule to open up before they move forward with the film. So Goddard’s out, but as that door closes, an A-list movie star just might sign on to play the lead.
Matt Damon hasn’t made a deal to star yet, but he’s circling the project, which is being produced by his Elysium producer Simon Kinberg. If he comes on board, Damon would play an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars during a dust storm and is abandoned by his crew, who evacuates the planet when they think he’s been killed. Left alone, he must find a way to survive so he can return to Earth. Insiders say that even though the plot sounds similar to Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, it’s actually more like Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. Um, OK. Apollo 13 meets Cast Away sounds pretty much like it equals Gravity to me, so I’m not sure why they’re averse to this comparison, but they’re claiming it’s very different from Cuaron’s movie, so there you have it.
I’d be psyched to see Damon continue his trek into sci-fi with this project, but his involvement hinges on who Kinberg and the studio can court to direct now that Goddard’s no longer an option. Who would you like to see direct a film like this, and are you excited about The Martian?
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