The Cabin in the Woods was one of the most underrated movies of last year. The collaboration between director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon was a smart, funny, and terrifying look at the horror genre itself. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a smash hit with general audiences, but it was a beloved darling amongst critics and horror fans. Hopefully Drew Goodard’s next film will be the big hit The Cabin in the Woods should have been.
According to The Wrap, Goddard will next be tackling the adaptation of author Andy Weir’s sci-fi e-book The Martian. The new film will center on an astronaut who is stranded on the Red Planet Mars with no hope of rescue, so he must learn to survive long enough to return to Earth. It is described as a mix between Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away, so maybe they’ll cast Tom Hanks as the stranded astronaut. It is also said to be very different from Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.
The Cabin in the Woods was Drew Goddard’s first time directing a feature film, but he has worked on various screenplays, including Cloverfield for director Matt Reeves, World War Z starring Brad Pitt, and Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming Robopocalypse. Goddard got his start in Hollywood as a writer on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He later worked with J.J. Abrams on the TV series Alias and Lost.
Star Wars: Episode VII consultant and X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg will produce The Martian for his Genre Films movie production company. The film will be distributed through Twentieth Century Fox.