BLADE RUNNER Screenwriter David Peoples to Reunite with Ridley Scott for THE FOREVER WAR – Updated

     August 4, 2010

Collider reader John pointed us to a post on author Joe Haldeman’s LiveJournal saying that Oscar-winning screenwriter David Peoples (Unforgiven) had penned an adaptation of Haldeman’s sci-fi novel The Forever War for Ridley Scott.  Scott and Peoples previously worked together on Scott’s seminal science fiction film Blade Runner.  Back in June at this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival, Scott said they were on the fourth draft of the script, but didn’t specify the screenwriter.  It’s worth nothing that Scott hasn’t directed a science fiction film since Blade Runner and now he has Forever War on his plate along with two Alien prequels.

For those who don’t know (like me until I did this story), The Forever War came out in 1974 and (per Wikipedia) “tells the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species [and has] pithy, insightful explorations of the inhumanity of war and of bureaucracy, and of the psychological effects resulting from time dilation space travel.” [Update: Deadline reports that it's Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) who is currently working on the script.  If Peoples was involved, it was some time ago.]

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  • Alienarms

    Sounds awesome!
    … I watched Aliens the other day on a big screen TV, my I was sooo dissapointed in how badly that film looks now. Great film, but the fx and scenery look terrible. I hope Scott does a Redux like Lucas did with Star Wars and cleans up the film before bluray release. Bad bluescreen and even the drop ship scene looked terrible now.
    Hope the Alien prequels look great too.

  • John

    I read the forever war last year – it was surprisingly topical for sci fi that old. It also has a smart mind bending premise that hasn't been addressed much in movies – the psychological and personal impact of massive time jumps for the deep space traveler. In a nutshell, the hero goes out on campaigns and each time he returns from battle his home world has changed dramatically. The interesting stuff are the social changes. Imagine if you left to fight in WWII and returned home to 1970, went back to fight and returned in 2010. The book has great things to say about the fickle nature of war as well which is tremendously relevant to our current campaigns around the world. Parts of the script could use some sprucing up – the right screenwriter could do a great deal with the source material. I remember thinking as I read the book that this could be one of the best sci movies ever made if they lay off of heavy handed story telling and avoid all the standard tropes of war and sci fi movies. Seriously, there is so much powerful, weird material to mine from the story – I only hope the Scott who gave us Blade Runner and not the one who gave us Robin Hood is in the chair.

  • Solgazer

    Don't you mean Alien? Ridley Scott didn't direct Aliens. That was James Cameron.

  • D-Man

    Scott didn't direct Aliens. James Cameron did. Scott directed Alien (sans the 's') which was the first one. BTW, Alien is 31 years old and Aliens is 24, so yeah, they probably look a liltte dated.

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