Ridley Scott Eyes Matt Damon for ‘The Martian’

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Renowned director Ridley Scott will soon be heading to space again and this time he’ll try to take Matt Damon with him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott is currently in negotiations to bring Damon onboard for The Martian, a new Twentieth Century Fox film project about an astronaut who is inadvertently stranded on the red planet.

Although Scott and the studio are still in early talks with Damon and nothing has been confirmed yet, Entertainment Weekly noted that one of The Martian’s producers — Simon Kinberg — could help attract Damon to the project. Damon previously worked with Kinberg when he was a producer for Elysium and the two have a “solid relationship,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Although the filmmaker behind iconic science fiction films such as Alien and Blade Runner would seem like a natural first choice for an outer space adventure movie, Scott was actually not the first director attached to the project. Scott only recently took over directing duties for the project from Drew Goddard, the director of 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goddard had to leave the project due to his commitment to directing The Sinister Six, an upcoming Spider-Man franchise spinoff. However, before he jumped ship, Goddard penned a script for The Martian.