Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights to the John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel series Old Man’s War. Deadline reports that Wolfgang Petersen (Poseidon) will direct a script by David Self (Road to Perdition). But that shouldn’t have been their first step. The first step should’ve been to cast Gary Oldman.
The story centers on a 75-year-old man who chooses to have his memories and personality implanted onto a genetically enhanced body. The trade-off is that he has to work as a soldier and protect human colonists on a distant planet. However, he’s injured during a battle and rescued by a special-forces soldier that strongly reminds him of his dead wife. Convinced that the soldier is his wife, he abandons his unit and does anything to be with her. That last part is where I think the story gets boring. I would much rather follow the adventures of a group of young space marines who do nothing but offer people butterscotch candies and complain about loud music.