For a great majority of you it may be obvious that The Martian is not based on a true story, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve never put a human being on Mars. But the Ridley Scott production — which currently sits atop the box office charts — worked so closely with NASA while making the film that it’s actually confusing enough people into thinking it’s based on actual events.

The Daily Mail rounds up a host of tweets from moviegoers who either questioned whether or not the movie was based on a real story or overheard others wondering out loud. And just to clear the air here for those still on the fence… no, it is not based on a real story. The Martian is, however, based on a very good work of fiction written by Andy Weir, then marvelously adapted for the screen by Drew Goddard (who we interviewed, and you can read that here).

With a rush of movies heading our way this fall and winter — and in the interest of keeping you, our moviegoing friends, informed — here is a smattering of upcoming movies and whether or not they are based on actual events.


Movies based on a true story

Bridge of Spies

Steve Jobs

The Walk



The Danish Girl


The 33


I Saw the Light

The Big Short

In the Heart of the Sea

Star Wars: The Force Awakens*



Movies not based on a true story


Crimson Peak


Jem and the Holograms

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

The Last Witch Hunter

The Peanuts Movie


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Good Dinosaur


Victor Frankenstein



*Not much exists regarding this one, though we do know that it took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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