The Martian is a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as a botanist and astronaut (and overachiever) who gets stranded on Mars during the first mission to the red planet. Which is probably kind of a bummer as he can't exactly call a Hailo. Out of contact with the crew which is trying to get back to Earth, he has to use his wits and kick-ass botany skills to survive in the harshest environment you could possibly imagine.
The first trailer made it look like a typically gorgeous and detailed number from Blade Runner and Prometheus director Scott and there's an amazing supporting cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor. So it's great to hear that the film is coming out sooner!
News via Deadline suggests that The Martian will now arrive on the 2nd of October, moving from a late November date. Given that the viral campaign for the film has already started, that's a good four months to get everyone up to speed and also finish the no doubt copious effects work on the feature. But it's not like Scott is a newbie director and he's sure to have it well in hand.
The move comes about as a direct swap with the Daniel Radcliffe starring Victor Frankenstein, which will now bow at the end of November.