A movie adaptation of the science fiction thriller "The Martian" written by Andy Weir is set to hit the silver screen next year.
Director Ridley Scott and actor Matt Damon have reportedly signed on to the project, according to press reports. "The Martian" is scheduled for release on Nov. 25, 2015.
Weir's "The Martian" (Crown Publishers, 2014) follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people on Mars. He is left behind by his crewmates after a dust storm tears through the area. His fellow astronauts assume he was killed during the tempest, and Watney has to find a way to survive being stranded on the Red Planet. [Read the first chapter of "The Martian" on Space.com]
"Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next," an Amazon.com (opens in new tab) description of "The Martian's" plot reads. "Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"
"The Martian" is now available in stores. You can also buy "The Martian" online (opens in new tab).