The first official trailer for the big screen adaptation of The Martian has been released. The film is based on the novel written by Andy Weir and stars Matt Damon in the lead role of a stranded astronaut on Mars.
During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after being caught in a fierce storm, and is left behind when the rest of the crew evacuate the planet and begin to head back to Earth. Watney finds himself stranded and alone, with only meagre supplies and his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal home, despite knowing that even if his survival is made known there is no realistic prospect for a rescue.
The movie seems to focus on some of the most interesting elements of the book such as Watney’s attempts to grow crops on Mars as a means to survive.
The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott with an all-star cast including Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.
The Martian comes out in theaters Nov. 25. You can watch the trailer below:
Ridley Scott is looking to direct the upcoming 20th Century Fox project The Martian. The film is based on the novel by Andy Weir which was published as an e-book in 2012 and released in print earlier this year.
The Martian is officially described as follows:
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?
Matt Damon is currently attached to star in the film. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are attached to produce The Martian with Steve Asbell overseeing for Fox.
There is no word if Scott has been officially hired but rumors are that he is pretty close.
According to a report from Variety, BFF’s Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have officially signed on to produce the film adaptation of popular comic series, “Sleeper.” The comic comes from Vertigo and will be produced for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Also reported is that Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and David Wiener (“The Killing”) will pen the screenplay for the adaptation.
“Sleeper” was created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. It ran from 2003 through 2005 and centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery. The series consisted of two twelve-issue limited series and the events of the first “season” served as a catalyst for the Coup D’Etat line-wide crossover.
The comic series was previously planned for a film adaptation via Warner Bros. with director Sam Raimi producing and Tom Cruise starring but the project fell through. Brubaker has said that this is at least the fifth time there have been serious attempts to film the story.
Currently, there is no director signed on for the film.