John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War Still Gestating in H’Wood, Hires New Writer
I like John Scalzi’s “Old Mans’ War”. Hell, I even reviewed the book. The movie has been in development with “Troy’s” Wolfgang Petersen directing for a few years, but like most ambitious sci-fi books, it’s taking a while to get there. Looks like things are still in the very early stages.
Variety reports that Paramount has hired former playwright turned screenwriter Chris Boal to take a crack at the script. “Road to Perdition’s” David Self was originally hired to adapt the book, but apparently the studio was not entirely happy with that one.
“Old Man’s War”, based on the John Scalzi novel of the same name, follows “a 75-year old man who, having lost the love of his life, is agrees to trade his old carcass for a younger, genetically-enhanced body so that he can join a military coalition sent to protect human colonies in outer space. Injured in battle, he’s rescued by a woman who appears to be a younger version of his wife, and while she doesn’t recognize him, he decides to abandon his unit and risk everything to be with her.”
I usually don’t cotton to first-person books, but this one was pretty entertaining. It spawn a couple of sequels, and I’ve been meaning to give them a whirl. Maybe one of these days…