The upside to directing such a genre-shifting, subversive film as “Cabin in the Woods
,” as Drew Goddard
did, is that it provides ample experience for whatever world he'd like to tackle next. And indeed, after a string of high-profile writing gigs
, the writer/director has chosen an ambitious setting and narrative for his follow-up -- one that features a new type of horror previously unexplored by him.
In a move that at first recalls the Great “Deep Impact
” Faceoff of '98, Goddard has been announced to write and direct another space-bound drama, just a week after the trailer
to Alfonso Cuaron
” was revealed. Based on the e-book written by Andy Weir,
,” which is set up at Fox
, tells a similarly-hopeless tale of solitude: an astronaut stranded on Mars, who tries to survive long enough to chart a path back to Earth.
According to The Wrap
, insiders claim the project is in fact quite different from Cuaron's film and more of a mix of “Apollo 13
” and “Cast Away
.” Simon Kinberg
”) will produce the flick, which after Goddard's involvement in massive tentpoles
” and “World War Z
,” might prove to be the smaller-scale, intimate antidote to those behemoths. And with the growing audience of “Cabin in the Woods” turning into more interest for Goddard's next film, that seems like a winning combination for all involved.