Ridley Scott in talks to direct Matt Damon in The Martian

Set to replace Drew Goddard

Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Fox's upcoming sci-fi film, The Martian, replacing the studio's original choice of helmer, Drew Goddard.

Goddard had been forced to exit the project in order to direct Sony's Sinister Six, but according to Heat Vision, Scott is expected to sign on to pick up the reins.

The film will be an adaptation of an e-book by author Andy Weir, and will star Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on Mars, after a dust storm forces the rest of his crew to evacuate.

So begins a remarkable story of survival in the harshest imaginable conditions, surrounded by the cold, gaping vacuum of space. You may remember one of those doing rather well last year…

Goddard had previously penned the film's screenplay, and it is thought that his draught will remain in place, at least as a building block for a new screenwriter. No release date has been confirmed as yet.

Does this project sound a good fit for Scott? Tell us, below!


    • FBJWhittle

      May 14th 2014, 11:17

      Can he not just concentrate on one flipping film at a time? This'll be why he hasn't made a good film since Gladiator.

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    • Ali1748

      May 14th 2014, 14:49

      So Gravity on Mars then?

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    • aceb2212

      May 15th 2014, 4:41

      @FBJWhittle Really? Did u forget he was involved with classics like alien, black hawk down, legend, and blade runner, just to name a few? Give him some slack, he is eminently suited to make this film.

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