Ridley Scott enlists in The Forever War

Variety tells us director Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to the science fiction genre, directing a big-screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 science fiction novel, The Forever War. Fox 2000 snapped up the film rights in anticipation of a new edition coming out from St. Martin’s Press next March.

Scott told Variety, “I first pursued Forever War 25 years ago” — originally intending to film it immediately after his sci-fi classics Alien and Blade Runner, only to be stymied by rights issues that apparently took over two decades to resolve — “and the book has only grown more timely and relevant since. It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of The Odyssey by way of Blade Runner, built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise.”

Amazon.com’s description explains the story:

The book tells the timeless story of war, in this case a conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans. Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can’t adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass.

Scott’s production company, Scott Free, and Fox 2000 plan to hire a writer “immediately,” although the director’s next project is, of course, Nottingham, starring Russell Crowe.

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 00:16 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tsiwt
    on 2008-10-14 at 03:25

    A very excellent book. Hope Scott does a good job with it. There’s a lot to it, but it could be stunning with today’s visual effects … as long as that doesn’t become the main focus of the story. As Scott has shown with Bladerunner and other films, this is a balance he knows how to keep.

    Even if I think he’s cheesy to claim Dekker was a replicant. :)

    *slight spoiler, for those who haven’t read book*

    One political aspect that they could chose to leave in the story, or not, is that at one part of the story in Earth’s future, homosexuality becomes the new “norm”, as population explodes to the point where heterosexual sex is looked down on.

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