Ridley Scott Says Cameron Inspired Him to Make Forever War in 3D
While we know that Ridley Scott is gearing up to start shooting Robin Hood soon, we can't forget that after he finishes work on that, he'll most likely move onto an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. We first announced that this was one of two sci-fi projects that Scott had in the works (the other being Brave New World) late last year, and considering he's been working hard to get Robin Hood finally moved into production, we haven't heard much on either of the projects since then. However, Wharf.co.uk (via SlashFilm) finally has an update from Ridley Scott himself, and it's a fairly exciting one this early out.
Scott told Wharf, "I'm filming a book by Joe Haldeman called Forever War. I've got a good writer doing it. I've seen some of James Cameron's work, and I've got to go 3D. It's going to be phenomenal." No word on who that writer is, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. As a recap, "The Forever War", first published in 1974, is about a soldier who battles an enemy in deep space for only a few months, only to return home to a planet he doesn't recognize some 20 years later. Scott previously called it a "brilliant, disorienting premise" that was described on Amazon as "an allegory of the Vietnam war, told through the eyes of a reluctant soldier caught up in a battle that never seemed to end, while the world he left behind changed drastically."
The most exciting part of that quote from Scott is not necessarily that he will return to sci-fi some 30 years after directing Blade Runner, but instead that Avatar has already started to change the movie industry as we know it. Sure, anyone can argue that 3D has been around for a while, but I've been saying that it's Cameron and Avatar and the technology he invented for that movie that will truly revolutionize Hollywood. Obviously it affected Ridley Scott enough to cause him to specifically reference Cameron when talking about his next sci-fi project. Let's just hope Scott does decide to direct The Forever War next.