Matt Damon will star in “The Martian” but the movie just underwent a major change. Drew Goddard, the director who was supposed to helm the film, left the project to instead focus on directing the “Amazing Spider-Man” spinoff movie “The Sinister Six.” Taking his place is legendary director Ridley Scott, who will direct the movie based on the Andy Erir novel “Martian.”
Scott, who has the Biblical epic “Exodus” coming out this year, will take on the story of a man stuck on Mars, stranded in a Martian colony alone. The astronaut has to find a way to survive any way possible as people at NASA do everything in their power to get a rescue ship to the red planet to save him before it is too late. With that in mind, here are three other movies that sound very similar to the premise of “The Martian.”
When it comes to being trapped and having to find a way to survive until some kind of help comes, Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” is a perfect example. While not as far away as Mars, James Franco played real life extreme sports enthusiast Aron Ralston, a man who ended up trapped, alone, with his arm caught under a fallen boulder. With the exception of a scene early in the movie with two girls, Franco spends almost the entire movie by himself as he tries to figure out how to stay alive in the heat of the desert with no food and little water.
Much closer to the idea of being trapped in outer space, “Moon” starred Sam Rockwell as an astronaut assigned to stay on the moon alone for three years, manning a Lunar base. The movie starts up towards the end of his three year stint when he starts to experience hallucinations and stress attacks. Much like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Rockwell plays the movie by himself with the exception of a computer AI named GERTY. When Rockwell heads out to investigate an incident and finds a crushed rover with a man inside who looks just like him, his life starts to fall apart.
“Life of Pi”
Most recently, Ang Lee directed the adaptation of the novel “Life of Pi,” the story of a teenage boy stranded on a life boat after the ship he was traveling on with his family sinks during a storm. The young man is not quite alone, as a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker is on the boat with him, adding to the danger of being alone in the giant ocean with no one knowing he is even alive. The movie picked up 11 Oscar nominations and won four of them including Best Director.