After taking a page out of the Bible and bringing it onscreen in last year’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ celebrated director Ridley Scott returns to his science fiction roots for “The Martian” his latest offering for this year.
You know Ridley Scott right? He has directed Alien and Blade Runner which are both science fiction classics. Other than those two films that I mentioned, he has also delivered the historical epic “Gladiator” and the mob drama “American Gangster”. In recent history, he has made movies for three consecutive years. Prometheus in 2012, The Counselor in 2013 and Exodus: Gods and Kings in 2014. Those three films may have gotten mixed reviews, some of which gained negative responses but who knows? maybe this time he might deliver something extraordinary.
For The Martian, Scott has adapted Andy Weir’s 2011 novel and has assigned Drew Goddard to pen the screenplay. Though he has written and directed very few films under his filmography, he certainly has experience. That is evident in the found footage sci-fi “Cloverfield” which contained a lot of suspenseful moments. And of course his debut film “The Cabin In the Woods” which ended up being claimed as one of the most inventive horror films and film in general for his astonishing vision. With him on board to scribe, we are definitely in good hands. Not to forget the fact that he created the Marvel series for Netflix “Daredevil” where the entire season was fully consistent of greatness in terms of the narrative. Weir’s novel is filled with tension and adventure and I am sure that Goddard will translate those elements very well from the book to the screen.
Since the novel is described as “Apollo 13 meets Cast Away” Ridley envisions a clever and exciting adventure. One that is akin to that of Interstellar, but in full Ridley Scott fashion. Complete with amazing backdrops and thrills.
Attached to star is Academy Award Winner Matt Damon who has been set to play Mark Watney, who is left by his crew after a storm and presumed to be dead. However, he survives and is stranded on Mars. On board with him are Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Kriisten Wiig (Bridesmaids), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Sean Bean (Lord Of the Rings Trilogy), Kate Mara (The Social Network) and Sebastian Stan (Black Swan) among others.
The Martian opens today. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.