‘The Martian’ screenwriter says Los Alamos influenced film

Matt Damon
This photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian." (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – The screenwriter for the newly released film, “The Martian,” says growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, inspired his project.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Drew Goddard said being surrounded by scientists affected his understanding of the film based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel “The Martian.”

Los Alamos was the site where the U.S. developed the atomic bomb and is home to a national laboratory.

Goddard says the script is about scientists doing their best to work together.

The film, released on Friday, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels. In the movie, Damon’s character, an astronaut finds himself stranded alone on Mars.

“The Martian” largely drew raves out of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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