On Sept. 27, 2015, atombash.com was on the red carpet for a special screening of “The Martian” hosted by the New York Film Festival. The film doesn’t comes out until this Friday, Oct. 2, but festival goers were treated to a sneak peak at Alice Tully Hall. The cast and director Ridley Scott were on hand to introduce the film. Stars Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mackenzie Davis were all in attendance. Matt Damon sent a video message. He said he is currently working in Europe, but shouted out the incredible cast and said that “The Martian” is one of the most exciting projects he has working on in a really long time. Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Usher and actress Celia Weston were also spotted at the screening presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre, The New York Times, American Airlines and HBO.
Mackenzie Davis looked chic in a white Balenciaga number. She joked that she would bring Neil deGrasse Tyson to space with her because he would have some good practical knowledge to keep her alive and get her back to earth. Screenwriter Drew Goddard was excited and honored to be screening the film at NYFF. He also got to meet Usher on the red carpet, which was a special moment for him. When asked about bringing Mars to life, Goddard said that no one does epic landscapes better than Ridley Scott. He forgot that they didn’t actually shoot on Mars. Although he wrote it, he’s still amazed and still gets lost in what Scott did. Goddard said it was a dream come true to collaborate with Ridley. Scott has been his favorite director his whole life and he remembers seeing “Blade Runner” at seven years old. Goddard adapted the screenplay from a book by Andy Weir. It took him two years to write the script and his goal was to protect the vibrant soul of the book. Producer Aditya Sood shared that he found the book when it was a self-published novel on Weir’s web site and on Amazon and he fell in love with it. Read what the film’s other producer Simon Kinberg had to say about “The Martian” below:
Shaina Moskowitz: What initially attracted you to become involved?
Simon Kinberg: The book. I read the book and just fell in love with it immediately. The tone, the voice of it was so completely unique especially for a science fiction story that I read it in one sitting and really felt like it was a story that had to be told.
SM: Can you speak a little bit about how the mars scenes were executed?
SK: We shot all the scenes on Mars in Jordan. It was really important to Ridley to make it as realistic as possible, so that it wasn’t a computer generated green screen world. It was actually an interactive immersive world for Matt and for the crew so they shot it in the deserts of Jordan and then treated it a little bit in post-production, but for the most part what you’re looking at is our world slightly heightened.
SM: Speak about collaborating with the legendary Ridley Scott.
SK: It was beyond by wildest dream. “Blade Runner” is my favorite movies of all time and “Alien” is one of my favorite films “Gladiator,” the list goes on and on and on. He is an idol of mine. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to get to work with him and he didn’t disappoint. He was actually more inspiring in person than he is sort of in mythos. He is the hardest working filmmaker I have ever seen and at this point in his career when he’s made as many great movies as he has, he could actually I would imagine, take his foot off the gas, but he has his foot on the gas as hard as anyone I have ever seen in this business.
SM: Speak about the science and getting that right.
SK: It was extremely important to get the science right. It’s something that Andy Weir’s book does so brilliantly. Andy himself has a scientific and engineering background and so there’s tons of details in the book. Drew Goddard our screenwriter also had perents who are scientists. He grew up in Los Alamos around a science world and wanted to represent that in a way that had never really been accurately represented on screen before, so we worked closely with NASA and with JPL. They were advocates of the movie, consultants on the film and they’ve all seen it and I think they’ve been pretty blown away by how loyal we are to the real science.
SM: Do you hope films like this will encourage space exploration and discovery?
SK: Yeah the hope with this movie is that it will inspire our generation and even more importantly the next generation and the generation beyond to look back up in the stars and want to explore space the way the generation in the fifties and sixties did. It is the next frontier for us and I think a lot of people are so focused on the here and the now and living their lives and keeping their heads down or immersed in the internet, that they don’t look up as much and with this movie certainly we hope to get people looking up again.
SM: You have such a stellar cast. Can you speak about watching them bring “The Martian” to life?
SK: This is the most blessed movie I have ever been around. Everybody that we asked said yes and that was true for the screenwriter Drew Goddard, it was true for Ridley Scott and it was true for the cast. This is as extraordinary an ensemble cast that has really been on screen and they got along incredibly well with one another and they were also committed to the movie, just making this film. There’s something about the spirit of the book and then of the screenplay that had everyone who is used to saying no say yes.