Apparently, there is a Mars curse on Hollywood. Every film that is based on the desolate planet either bombs at the box office or is ripped by the critics. But, The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s acclaimed novel, which hits theatres Oct 2, is hoping to break that curse.
The Ridley Scott directed film chronicles the story of an astronaut, played by Matt Damon that goes on a mission to Mars with his team, some accidents and circumstance later, he gets stuck on Mars. He doesn’t have any food or way of communicating with the people back home. The whole premise of the film is based on the man’s ingenuity and will to get back home.
The film is bursting with talent, with many big names making an appearance in the film. The story is brilliant and the concept seems intriguing as well, so the film does have every possible ingredient needed for being a successful Hollywood film. But, the ‘curse’ still looms over the film and the producers are well aware of it. It seems that they are putting all their efforts in to make ‘The Martian’ the film that breaks the curse.
They haven’t spared any expense in marketing the film; the actors, writer, and the people involved in the promotion of the film are currently making sure that the film has its best chance. A film that is centered on the red planet hasn’t made a mark at the box office, not since the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer Total Recall.
The Martian has the best chance of breaking this streak of failures, with an elite class cast and crew. There is also the timing of the film’s release, which is perfect because NASA is currently sowing the seeds of their first mission to Mars right now, this will surely help the film as well. Whether the film will bomb at the box office or be a hit, only time will tell, but The Martian seems like the movie that will break this infamous curse.