While the film industry is mostly on hold for the time being, studios are beginning to get the ball rolling on new projects. Yesterday, it was revealed that George Miller is holding Skype auditions for his “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa.” Before that, Alejandro González Iñárritu is finally developing his first new film in five years. Now, Ryan Gosling is getting a jump on his next project, and apparently, he’s not finished exploring the far reaches of space.
According to Deadline, MGM is in exclusive negotiations with “The Martian” author, Andy Weir, to acquire the rights to his hot new sci-fi novel “The Hail Mary” In a seven-figure deal. Gosling is attached to star in and produce the film with Ken Kao.
”The Hail Mary,” tells the story of an astronaut (Gosling) on a solitary mission to save the planet from devastation. While a different story, “The Hail Mary” is supposedly infused with the same tone and excitement that made “The Martian” a hit. Ridley Scott previously directed an adaptation of “The Martian” with Matt Damon in the lead role, and one can only speculate as to if Scott will be considered once again to helm the project.
Following the critical and commercial success of “The Martian,” Weir’s works have been in high demand. An adaptation of his novel “Artemis” has been in the works at Universal for years with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct
Gosling most recently appeared in Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” where the actor donned Armstrong’s spacesuit to travel to the moon. The film was an intense character study that featured one of Gosling’s more internal, nuanced, and somber performances to date. While Gosling is headed to space for a second time, if “The Hail Mary” is anything like “The Martian,” the actor should be able to exercise his comedic chops for a less dramatic adventure.