Ridley Scott is reportedly in talks to direct the sci-fi thriller The Martian.

The director is currently negotiating a deal to take the helm of Fox's outer space adventure project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Scott would also become a producer on the project, joining Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.

Matt Damon has already been cast in the thriller which is based on Andy Weir's novel of the same name.

It is about an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive, as NASA tries to mount a rescue mission back on Earth.

Scott is currently in post production on Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale.