Since he burst on the scene writing episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” about ten years ago, writer/director Drew Goddard has had a pretty incredible run. He wrote 2008’s hand-held monster movie Cloverfield, crafted some terrific episodes of ABC’s hit series “LOST,” and – most impressively so far – he co-wrote the brilliant horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon and directed that film (if you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it ASAP). He followed that up by writing the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, and when that project stalled, he did some rewrite work on Paramount’s upcoming zombie flick World War Z. Goddard’s a busy dude, and he’s about to get a lot busier.
The Wrap reports that Goddard is in negotiations to write and direct a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian for 20th Century Fox. The story follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and 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 (the space-set film with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock coming out later this year), the two projects are very different from one another.
Even though Cloverfield had science fiction elements to it, that was actually a human story at heart, so we’ll see if Goddard is able to keep those same emotional stakes here in a story that sounds more like a drama than standard sci-fi fare. I doubt we’ll be seeing any genre-twisting moments like we saw in The Cabin in the Woods, but if his previous credits are any indication, a straight-ahead space thriller should be right in Goddard’s wheelhouse, so we’re excited to see how it turns out. No word yet on when production starts, but stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted with more details as they roll in.
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