20th Century Fox got a lot of positive response to their debut of the trailer for The Martian this week and it looks like it’s enough to get them to change plans a bit. Originally set for a November 25th, 2015 debut to partake in the Thanksgiving weekend, which is getting a bit crowded already, they’ve now moved it to October 2nd, 2015. They’re essentially flipping it out with the release of Victor Frankenstein that they had planned for October 2nd. This new date for The Martian is when Gravity debuted a few years ago, so there’s hope for some good legs there. The Thanksgiving weekend has The Good Dinosaur from Pixar debuting while the weekend before has The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The month also has Spectre opening on November 6th, which should have some solid legs.
The film is the adaptation of the novel by Andy Weir that’s directed by Ridley Scott. The film is Ridley Scott’s fourth science fiction film, with Alien and Blade Runner done in 1979 and 1982 respectively, and then Prometheus in 2012. The novel from Andy Weir came out in 2011 as an ebook and only last year as a physical book in hardcover form as publishers had passed it over originally, prompting Weir to release it for free on his own site at first and then on Kindle for 99 cents.
The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover
Plot concept: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.