When you think of the name Ridley Scott, it's likely that space is the first thing that springs to mind. The veteran director is renowned for his work on Alien, as well as a broader range of sci-fi flicks back on terra firma, and he's set to rescue Matt Damon's latest offering, The Martian, by stepping into a director's chair that has been vacant since the star was announced in the lead role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott was happy to replace Drew Goddard as helmer of the proiject, which is based on a self-published novel from Andy Weir of the same name. Goddard was originally lined up to take charge of the movie, but stepped away from the project just before Damon was announced as the leading man.
The Martian chroncles the efforts of an astronaut inadvertently stranded on Mars to return home by any means necessary, and there's no better man to emphasis the sense of isolation in an alien environment than Scott, who is also being heavily rumoured to be working on a follow up to 2012's Alien spin-off Prometheus.
While there's no release date set for The Martian, the talk is that Sony will attempt to get it out as early as possible, with March of next year seen as a realistic target. That might sound a little soon, but Scott has a reputation for getting things done, and if anyone's going to be able to turn the project around in such a short timeframe, it'll be him.