Drew Goddard Locates The Martian (on Mars, Funnily Enough)

Lionsgate's "Cabin In The Woods" Los Angeles ScreeningDrew Goddard, still riding high off directing “The Cabin in the Woods” (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon, who, let’s face it, generally gets most of the credit for that movie — fairly or not), is now in talks to write and direct the e-book “The Martian” for Fox.

Written by Andy Weir, “The Martian” is said to follow “an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth.” The book was written in first-person, which makes me think he survived. Right?

The story is being described as a cross between “Apollo 13” and “Castaway”, both films that, coincidentally, happen to star Tom Hanks. This one probably won’t be starring Tom Hanks, though if it did end up starring Hanks, well, that would just be funny, wouldn’t it?

“The Martian” would be the second stranded-in-outer-space movie I’ve heard about this year, with the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” also featuring a similar theme, with Bullock’s character lost in space. With “The Martian”, at least the main character isn’t just floating out there in the emptiness of space. There are all those, you know, red rocks and whatnot.

I’m not sure, but I think this might be the first time (or a very rare case) of an e-book being snatched up for a movie adaptation.

Post-“Cabin”, Goddard has parlayed the success into writing gigs for Steven Spielberg’s “Robopocalpyse” and the Brad Pitt zombie flick “World War Z”.

The Martian Ebook Cover

Via : The Wrap