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Ridley Scott's next will be The Martian and where that leaves Prometheus 2

06.24.2014

Back in May we let you know that Ridley Scott was in talks to direct THE MARTIAN with Matt Damon set to star an astronaut stranded on Mars trying to get home. Well it seems Scott has settled on the sci-fi picture as his next project. Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith's podcast recently, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that THE MARTIAN will Scott's next project, and he is looking to start production this fall.

Here is the synopsis for author Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN:

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?

You will recall that Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct but dropped out due to his commitment directing THE SINISTER SIX. It turns out Goddard completed what Kinberg described as an "incredible script" before he left so it could still remain for Scott to run with. There was speculation of a March 4th, 2016 release date for an untitled Ridley Scott project; some said BLADE RUNNER and others said PROMETHEUS 2. With the news that THE MARTIAN is rolling this fall, one might decipher that as great as Scott is, he can’t do every project we want him to. He would have to complete THE MARTIAN and then prepare, shoot, and finalize PROMETHEUS 2 for March 2015. That’s just crazy talk; unless he doesn’t direct the film and March 4th could be for something else entirely and...I’ve gone cross-eyed.

THE MARTIAN sounds interesting enough; and while it’s certainly going to be compared to GRAVITY, the talent behind the movie should be able to deliver something great that stands apart from Sandra Bullock's CAST AWAY in Space.

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8:59AM on 07/01/2014
Whilst I want a Prometheus sequel, I am absolutely PSYCHED that Scott is making the Martian. I heard he was thinking about doing it and with my curiousity piqued, I went and bought the book without ever having heard of it. It is an AMAZING book and will make an Awesome movie in Scott's hands. Can't wait.
Whilst I want a Prometheus sequel, I am absolutely PSYCHED that Scott is making the Martian. I heard he was thinking about doing it and with my curiousity piqued, I went and bought the book without ever having heard of it. It is an AMAZING book and will make an Awesome movie in Scott's hands. Can't wait.
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4:14PM on 06/26/2014
I'm saddened to hear Prometheus is not on the cards right now. Though second best option would be giving the series to David Fincher though with the condition he has total creative control of the project. It's a piper's dream though it would be great to see Fincher back directing a thought provoking, though dark science fiction film.
I'm saddened to hear Prometheus is not on the cards right now. Though second best option would be giving the series to David Fincher though with the condition he has total creative control of the project. It's a piper's dream though it would be great to see Fincher back directing a thought provoking, though dark science fiction film.
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4:23AM on 06/25/2014
"Sandra Bullock's CAST AWAY in Space."
So in GRAVITY, George Clooney's 'ghost' is comparable to a volley ball. LOL
"Sandra Bullock's CAST AWAY in Space."
So in GRAVITY, George Clooney's 'ghost' is comparable to a volley ball. LOL
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2:23AM on 06/25/2014
I'm conflicted about this news; I'm thrilled to see The Martian getting recognition, and I agree with Hugh Howey's quote about it being the best book I've read in ages, but as somebody else already said, so much of the book is diary entries, I don't know how well it will translate into a film that's faithful to the source material.
I'm conflicted about this news; I'm thrilled to see The Martian getting recognition, and I agree with Hugh Howey's quote about it being the best book I've read in ages, but as somebody else already said, so much of the book is diary entries, I don't know how well it will translate into a film that's faithful to the source material.
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9:02AM on 07/01/2014
I thought about this too as I read the book. I think it's easily done: keep the diary entries, but do them as a video diary. Whilst he is narrating to his video camera, the scenes of that Sol are shown.
I thought about this too as I read the book. I think it's easily done: keep the diary entries, but do them as a video diary. Whilst he is narrating to his video camera, the scenes of that Sol are shown.
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11:43PM on 06/24/2014

Neat.

Matt Damon is swell but when I read the book Mark Watney could only be played by comedian Kyle Kinane. While it may be grand 'The Martian' will never be the same without Uncle BBQ in the lead.
Matt Damon is swell but when I read the book Mark Watney could only be played by comedian Kyle Kinane. While it may be grand 'The Martian' will never be the same without Uncle BBQ in the lead.
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10:59PM on 06/24/2014

I Loooooooved the book

but not sure how a movie it would make. Most of the story centers around Watley's diary and it has you rooting for him. Don't see myself rooting for Maaaat Daaaamaaan
but not sure how a movie it would make. Most of the story centers around Watley's diary and it has you rooting for him. Don't see myself rooting for Maaaat Daaaamaaan
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10:39PM on 06/24/2014
Just pull an Aliens and get someone else to direct Prometheus 2. Too bad Cameron is too busy to take a stab at it. I was disappointed in Avatar but I'd like to see if he could recapture the spark he had with Aliens/Terminator/T2
Just pull an Aliens and get someone else to direct Prometheus 2. Too bad Cameron is too busy to take a stab at it. I was disappointed in Avatar but I'd like to see if he could recapture the spark he had with Aliens/Terminator/T2
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9:28PM on 06/24/2014
I'm game for Damon to have his own 'Moon' or 'Gravity' type film. Sounds awesome.
I'm game for Damon to have his own 'Moon' or 'Gravity' type film. Sounds awesome.
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8:42PM on 06/24/2014
In which Matt Damon befriends a zany Christopher Lloyd.
In which Matt Damon befriends a zany Christopher Lloyd.
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