Drew Goddard Finds The Martian

He may have his next film

He deconstructed horror tropes with Joss Whedon for The Cabin In The Woods, and now it appears that writer / director Drew Goddard is set to tackle sci-fi for his next trick. He’s in negotiations to work on The Martian for 20th Century Fox.

Goddard, who also wrote Cloverfield and did some work on Steven Spielberg’s delayed Robopocalypse, is gearing up to adapt Andy Weir’s story about an astronaut who becomes stranded on the Red Planet.

In what’s being described as a hybrid of Apollo 13 and Cast Away, the space explorer must find a way to get back to Earth before his supplies run out. If the concept pings a familiar bell in your noggin, it’s because it sounds eerily like Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, which strands Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in space (and recently debuted a trailer). According to The Wrap’s sources, however, this is a different approach to the stranded-in-space genre.

Simon Kinberg is on to produce the new movie, but there’s no word on when it might get shooting. In addition to his other writing gigs, Goddard also did some work retooling the final act of World War Z alongside Damon Lindelof. The Brad Pitt zombie film arrives here on June 21.