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Ridley Scott

Complicated formula behind making of 'The Martian'

Ridley Scott has been working in film and television for 40 years, but he says there have only been two times when a "really great" script landed on his desk.tmpplchld "The first one was 'Alien,'" Scott says. "Five other directors had passed on it because of the violence and the creature popping out of the guy's chest. But I read it, and I knew how to do it. Sometimes it just comes down to how you see things."tmpplchld The second ready-to-go screenplay? "The Martian." Drew Goddard, who wrote "Cloverfield" and directed "The Cabin in the Woods," had already spent months adapting Andy Weir's best-selling novel about...