Marc Forster Gets His Next Gig

Many predicted World War Z to be a huge flop. The movie went through countless re-writes and re-shoots that took filming to Wales for a final act that many felt was completely out of place. However, it managed to gross $540 million worldwide, but even with those promising figures, the director of the film, Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction) announced that he was not going to direct the sequel. Meaning Forster was open to offers. Unsurprisingly it has not taken long for him to get his hands on a new piece of work (according to Deadline) in the form of an action, Sci-Fi script named Red Rising.

Red Rising is based off the novel of the same name by Pierce Brown, who also wrote the script for the film version. Red Rising’s plot follows Darrow, who is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives mining the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk on the surface of Mars is enough to justify their sacrifice. Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it’s all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Gold’s. The Gold’s regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

Comparisons have already been made to The Hunger Games, because the Gold’s are keen on holding merciless contests to keep the Reds in check. So even if audiences haven’t heard of Red Rising the novel (Which was only released two weeks ago) then Hunger Games fans might warm to the idea of a politically corrupt Mars.

Red Rising received extremely positive reviews on Amazon  and Goodreads. It was no surprise the James Bond/Zombie globe-trotting director would be keen to helm Red Rising, as we are sure to see plenty of action on the dusty red planet. It is believed that two unknown studios are collaborating to get the film underway, with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolf set to produce. However, we will have to wait for more information on Red Rising as deals are still being finalized.

Let’s hope this Mars expedition will be more of a Box Office hit than previous Mars films such as The Last Days on Mars (2013) and Mission to Mars (2000) which is slated by critics and viewers alike.

Do you think Marc Forster is the right choice to sit behind the camera for the “Hollywood ready” Red Rising?

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