The Martian first on-set pictures
A few months ago when I wrote the review of Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian I mentioned a movie adoption was in production. The Martian first on-set pictures were released today. They show Matt Damon as stranded astronaut Mark Watney on-set in Jordan. The movie is directed by Ridley Scott, whom most will know from Alien, Blade Runner and more recently Prometheus. Not much is known of the production beyond the still pictures that were released. No details on the part of the story that takes place on earth is shown. So far, The Martian has been slipping quietly underneath the radar. Which is something I don’t mind. Prometheus was hyped as a prequel to Alien. Though the visuals were spectacular the story was muddled by inconsistencies. This time there is no Damon Lindelof to ruin the script. Instead Drew Goddard wrote the screenplay adoption of Andy Weir’s novel. Drew is famous for writing the screenplay of hit movies such as Cloverfield and World War Z.
The Martian falls into a relatively new subgenre of realistic Sci-fi thrillers. This genre was solidified by Gravity but has its roots in movies such as 2001 and Apollo 13. Recently a spate of movies (The Europa Report and The Last Days on Mars) straddle the genre to some degree. From the screenshots it becomes clear that director Ridley Scott continues his legacy of impressive cinematography to depict the planet Mars. He is being aided in this by Dariusz Wolski who has worked on movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Dark City.
The Martian is scheduled for release on November 17th. It also stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Sean Bean. Just like the movie The Last Days On Mars filming took place in Jordan, at Wadi Rum. Which acts as a stand-in for Mars. I am curious as to how the one third Martian gravity will be simulated. I imagine Matt Damon walking in slow-motion through the desert somehow, but I am no astro-physicist. Be sure to check back at SciFiEmpire for more news of The Martian. This was The Martian first on-set pictures preview. I hope you enjoyed it. The pictures are courtesy of Empire Online. Check out their June issue for the exclusive preview.