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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 05.26.15] scifi thriller

The story of how Andy Weir's originally self-published book "The Martian" came to be directed by Ridley Scott is a page taken from every independent writer's dream journal. You finish your book. It gets rejected, so you self-publish it. It finds an audience, which captures the attention of the NY publishers. It's quickly optioned and actually gets greenlit with a major Hollywood name attached. I think I speak for all of us indie authors when I say, "Come on, man! That just ain't fair!"

But, of course it is fair. The Martian is one of those books that is relentlessly paced. I finished it in about two days and couldn't wait to pass it to a friend. The concept is so simple, but Weir injects so much humanity into it that it's just great. And since the film is primarily a one character who, it's easy to see why someone like Matt Damon would be interested in tackling the role. It's an actor's wet dream.

But anyway, we have our first look from film adaptation of The Martian below.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Recommended Release: The Martian

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