‘The Martian’ Screenwriter Drew Goddard Learned A Huge Lesson From ‘The Cabin In The Woods’

“The Martian” is expected to rocket to No. 1 at the box office this weekend, possibly overtaking the October opening record set by “Gravity” in 2013. Fox snatched up the rights to Andy Weir’s debut novel just months before the Sandra Bullock spectacle hit theaters, with “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” scribe Drew Goddard set to write the script and direct. But when Goddard stepped down from the director’s seat to write the now-delayed “Spider-Man” spin-off “Sinister Six,” Ridley Scott laced up his spacesuit instead. Goddard, who has since created Netflix’s “Daredevil” and begun work on a “Cloverfield” sequel, promises that’s for the best. The Huffington Post hopped on the phone with him to discuss “The Martian,” his appreciation for “Galaxy Quest” and one big lesson he learned from “Cabin in the Woods.”

Do you feel like you’ve lived in the world of “The Martian” for a long time at this point?

I think I first read the book in March of 2013, so it’s been about two and a half years, which in Hollywood terms is a pretty short time, actually. But it’s still two and a half years of your life to be living with this, so it’s fun to see it finally get out there, for sure.

After “Gravity” and “Interstellar,” this is the third consecutive year a big space movie has transcended the sci-fi genre and become an Oscar contender. Is it better to avoid those movies in case they seep into yours, or do you see them to make sure you’re not doing the same thing?

I got a really good piece of advice when I first started out in this business. A friend of mine said, “Whatever you’re writing at any given time, don’t read the trades, —> Read More