Goddard departed the film, based on an e-book by Andy Weir, in order to direct Spiderman spinoff Sinister Six.
But all is not lost for The Martian, because Damon may be interested in joining the cast.
The film is about an American space explorer stranded on Mars who has to find a way to get back to Earth before his supplies run out.
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