project hail mary

Project Hail Mary, another movie that will send Ryan Gosling into space, is bringing in Drew Goddard. Goddard has been tapped to help with the story for the Phil Lord and Chris Miller movie, making this the second time Goddard has adapted the work of author Andy Weir (Goddard also wrote the script for the adaptation of Weir’s book The Martian). Like The MartianProject Hail Mary finds an astronaut millions of miles from home.

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Ryan Gosling to Star in Movie Based on New Andy Weir Book

The creative duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller may have just set up a new first look deal at Universal Pictures last year, but it’s MGM who is giving them their next project. Lord & Miller are now slated to direct and produce an adaptation of a new sci-fi novel from The Martian author Andy Weir, and they’ll be taking First Man star Ryan Gosling back to space to make it happen.  Read More »

the hail mary

Here’s something refreshing: actual movie news. As in, old-fashioned movie news about a new movie, and potential casting, that has nothing to do with coronavirus, or things being shut down. The last few weeks have been filled with seemingly nothing but corona-related stories, so when a traditional bit of film news pops up, we’re all pretty damn ecstatic around here. Having already played an astronaut in First Man, Ryan Gosling is deciding to give it another go with The Hail Mary, a new film based on a novel by The Martian writer Andy Weir.

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lord and miller and andy weir

Let me give you some inside baseball talk, folks. Here in the wild world of entertainment journalism certain names garner certain attention. We’re talking about actors, writers, directors, etc. who get people excited. When news breaks about these folks, we must report it. It’s our job. But sometimes the news is maddeningly vague.

Take this story, for instance! Word has just come down that Phil Lord & Chris Miller are going to develop a new movie that sprung forth via an idea by Andy Weir, author of The Martian. What’s the idea? No one knows. Is there a movie title? If there is, we don’t know. But the news is out there, my friends. And I’m here to give it to you.

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Cheshire Crossing

What would happen if Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Wendy from Peter Pan met at a boarding school? Author Andy Weir wrote a piece of fan fiction about that exact topic before he became a breakout success with The Martian, and that fan fiction morphed into a graphic novel called Cheshire Crossing. Now Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has picked up the rights to make a movie based on that graphic novel, so this fairy tale mashup is coming to the big screen. Read More »

Artemis movie

It’s been three months since the rather shocking movie news broke that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the Star Wars anthology film focused on Han Solo. Even though a large portion of the filming on Han Solo was complete, disagreements with Lucasfilm resulted in Lord and Miller being let go and eventually replaced with Ron Howard. While the directing duo may not have been able to reveal their full vision of a galaxy far, far away, they’re still headed back beyond the stars for their next feature, an adaptation of a new novel from the author of The Martian. See details on the next Lord and Miller movie below.

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Ridley Scott on set of THE MARTIAN

Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of Andy Weir‘s The Martian was a smashing success by any measure, and 20th Century Fox is hoping to recreate that magic again. The studio has just picked up an untitled pitch from Weir, which Scott will produce along with The Martian‘s Simon Kinberg.

It’s the second The Martian reunion we’ve heard about this month. Last week we got word Scott was re-teaming with The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard (who’s not involved in the new Weir movie) for Wraiths of the Broken Land. Read More »

The Martian Differences

Even though The Martian was quite the crowd-pleasing, critically acclaimed film last year, it went home empty-handed at the 88th Academy Awards Sunday night. But it’s still a worthwhile film, and definitely one of my favorites from 2015, even if it didn’t make my Top 10.

In case you didn’t know, The Martian is based on Andy Weir‘s book of the same name, and as is the case with any adaptation of a book, there are some differences between the source material and the film. If you haven’t read the book already, or if you just don’t have an interest now that you’ve seen the movie, a new edition of What’s the Difference? runs through all the major differences between the book and film. Watch below. Read More »

Science vs Cinema

We all know that most of what we see in motion pictures isn’t the absolute truth. Even in grounded biopics and films inspired by true stories, there are plenty of liberties taken with stories to create drama and tension, or even just to speed up the story to fit in the timeframe of a motion picture.

But in the case of sci-fi blockbusters, there are also always liberties taken with science. And while Mythbusters tackles some of the more fun side of the wild and and crazy science of motion pictures and television, a new show called Science vs Cinema aims to dive even further in depth to determine the accuracy of science in the movies. Their first subject? It’s Ridley Scott‘s hit survival drama The Martian. Read More »

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water in the martian

Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of The Martian sees Matt Damon playing a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in a story of survival and hopeful escape from the deadly planet. This week NASA revealed new findings that reveals that potentially life-giving water still flows across the planet’s ancient surface. How does this discovery change what you will see on the big screen? How might The Martian be different now that NASA has released this new confirmation? What if there was water in The Martian? Find out, after the jump.

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