Directed by Ridley Scott, Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, one of six astronauts on the first manned mission to Mars. His team has to evacuate when a monster sandstorm threatens to destroy their landing site and encampment. Only five make it to the ship. Matt wakes up half buried in Martian sand, with his team already on their way back to Earth.
He’s left by himself, in a habitat meant to sustain life for only 31 days. Faced with overwhelming odds, Watney has one option: he’s going to have to science the s*** out of this.
As you watch this trailer for 20th Century Fox’s The Martian, remember to temporarily pause the Krypton Radio station playback using the handy controller at the top right of the page.
Based on a book by Andy Weir, The Martian is a movie about hope and the human spirit – in short, our kind of movie. It’s also about invention and perseverance in the face of impossible odds – also our kind of movie.
Andy Weir, the son of a particle physicist, began writing the book in 2009, researching the book to be as realistic as possible based on existing technology. Weir studied orbital mechanics, astronomy, and the history of manned spaceflight. Because of his prior experiences trying to get literary agents to talk to him while trying to get previous books published, Weir put the book online on his web site, publishing one chapter at a time. His fans asked him for a Kindle version, so he obliged. He sold copies of it on Amazon for 99 cents (the lowest price he could set).
The Kindle edition hit the top of Amazon’s list of best selling science fiction titles. It sold 35,000 copies in three months, beating out even the free listings. This finally got the attention of the publishers, and Weir sold the print rights to Crown in March of 2013 for six figures. It hit the New York Times Best Seller list on March 2 of 2014 at twelfth position.
No release date has yet been set.
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