Once upon a time, Martians were pretty terrifying. H.G. Well's War of the Worlds -- and its subsequent radio adaptation by Orson Welles broadcast on Halloween 1938, as well as the 1953 film adaptation by George Pal and Byron Haskin -- depicted vistors from the red planet who scared the pants off of people across the globe. Then came the technology for us to actually explore Mars (by means of robots), and films like Ghosts of Mars (pictured above), and things got a little less frightening. In an attempt to take back the night, director Ruairi Robinson (who was nominated for an Oscar for Blinky) will make his feature film directorial debut with The Last Days on Mars. More after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the thriller, based on a script by Clive Dawson, "is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the U.K."
"The script details the story of an astronaut crew on a mission to Mars. A routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body taken host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover."
"Casting is currently underway."
Well, it's gotta be creepier than the new Thing, right?