Ridley Scott to Produce New Film From ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir
The Martian was easily one of Ridley Scott’s better films in recent years, thanks in part to Andy Weir’s solid source material. It seems as though Scott has grown quite fond of the author, as the pair are reuniting for another film project based on a new, original pitch from Weir. Although Scott is a little too busy to direct it himself, he is teaming up with Simon Kinberg to produce the project for 20th Century Fox.
According to THR, the studio is currently keeping plot details under wraps for the new project, though we do know that this one isn’t based on another of Weir’s novels. Instead, it’s an original idea the author pitched to Fox. Scott will produce via his Scott Free banner, with Kinberg also on board to produce via Genre Films.
…And that’s all we know for now. But it’s not the only Martian reunion in the works: we recently learned that Scott is re-teaming with screenwriter Drew Goddard to adapt the wildly violent western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land. Scott will direct from Goddard’s script, which is based on the book by S. Craig Zahler. Zahler recently made his directorial debut with the similarly violent western Bone Tomahawk.
Scott is currently filming Alien: Covenant in Australia for a 2017 release.