29 Sep 2015 8:37 PM +00:00 UTC

Ridley Scott Says NASA Told Him About The Water in Mars Months Ago

When NASA announced yesterday that there's water on Mars, many of us wondered how the news would affect Ridley Scott's upcoming film based on Andy Weir's novel, The Martian. Speaking to The Guardian, Scott reveals that he knew about the discovery "months ago":

"When I first talked to Nasa, we got into all kinds of stuff and I said: ‘So I know you've got [these] massive glaciers.' And [they] said, ‘Yeah, that massive white thing [on the surface of Mars] that gets covered with dust, we think that's ice ... And I said, ‘Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean? Are we right now what Mars was 750 m years ago?' And they went, ‘Uh, good question.' So they want to go up there and find out."

Although the film was "dated" just a few days before its release, Scott has no regrets, saying Matt Damon's character making water is one of the most interesting scenes in the film. He did say, however, how he would have changed it if he got the information sooner:

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon)is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world come

The Martian also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The film will be released in theaters on October 2.

You can watch the 3 TV spots for The Martian here.