Ryan Gosling is heading back to space. We are hearing that the First Man star will once again be suiting up as an astronaut on the big screen only this time he won’t be playing a real-life historical figure. The movie will be based on a novel by The Martian author Andy Weir called Project Hail Mary, which MGM is now in negotiations to acquire. If you were a fan of The Martian, it sounds like this may be treading in some familiar territory. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, MGM is in exclusive negotiations to acquire the movie rights to Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary in a 7-figure deal. The plot is described as “a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet” and it supposedly holds a handful of clever twists. Gosling is attached to play the astronaut and will produce alongside Ken Kao (Song to Song, Hostiles, Mid90s).
The book doesn’t hit stores until next spring when it is set to be published by Random House. Weir’s latest novel, Artemis, was also acquired by Fox and New Regency with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. That book is a much more genre-heavy sci-fi heist movie but this one sounds like it will be another survival story using real world science. Are you looking forward to Project Hail Mary?