Good news everyone, Ridley Scott’s space adventure, The Martian has been moved up to October 2. Though it was originally scheduled for release on November 25, 20th Century Fox has decided to move the release date forward, and push back Victor Frankenstein, which was scheduled for release on October 2, but is now due out on November 25.
The exact reason for the change in dates is not known, but it might have something to do with the fact that November 25 is also the expected date of release for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 and Pixar’s The Good Dinousaur, which are expected to dominate the Box office. While they probably could have taken a chance if it was only one of the films, taking on two at the same time might not be a very good idea, seeing as one is an established franchise, while the other is likely to popular among children, who inevitably will see it with adults.
On the other hand, while the new date still puts forward some competition, The Martian stands a better chance against the likes of London has Fallen, Adam Jones and The Walk than it did with Hunger Games and The Good Dinosaur.
The Martian is based on a best-selling novel of the same name by Andy Weir, and follows the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars by his crew. Originally thought to be dead, he ends up inspiring a long-shot rescue mission. The only problem is he still has to survive on his own for several years before the rescue mission gets to him.
The film stars Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels.
In case you didn’t catch the trailer which dropped earlier in the week, you can watch it below.