Originally scheduled for a spring of 2016 release, Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of Andy Weir‘s brilliant debut novel The Martian is apparently on the fast track. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Scott’s flick, which will star Matt Damon, is now set for a November 25th release next year, firmly in the Oscar race. If done right (and considering Scott’s recent track record, this could be a big if), The Martian should be an awards contender, so having it as a 2015 release and in the running next year is exciting for me. I loved the book quite a bit, and below you can see a bit more about it. The release date can be found here as well. Stay tuned for more on this one.
Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:
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?
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