Blade Runner Writer David Peoples Penning 'The Forever War'
A couple of years ago, when Ridley Scott announced he would eventually be returning to sci-fi (before we knew he'd be directing the Alien prequel) one of the projects he revealed was finally coming to fruition was an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's 1974 novel The Forever War, which he's been trying to adapt for nearly 20 years. We haven't heard much about it since then, save for a quick mention of a "good writer" working on it last March. But we now know who that writer is, as author Joe Haldeman tipped on his own site in a blog post that it's Blade Runner writer David Peoples working on The Forever War. Now that is great news.
Haldeman didn't actually name David Peoples, but did say: "Scott has a script; last I heard, it was the fourth rewrite. I've talked to the writer -- he has good credits, like Unforgiven." Well, Peoples is the sole writer on Unforgiven and, as we already mentioned, worked with Scott on Blade Runner, so it makes sense. He's also credited for Leviathan, The Blood of Heroes, Fatal Sky, Twelve Monkeys and Soldier, but hasn't done much since that film in 1998. Between this and Damon Lindelof writing the Alien prequel, Scott looks to be really trying to get back in the game by making sure he's got a great script before shooting even starts on his films.
We're still not sure how soon we'll see The Forever War head into production, but with Peoples apparently already on his fourth draft, it sounds like things are moving along swiftly and they could get the screenplay to the right place sooner than later. If that means Ridley Scott might make back-to-back sci-fi flicks, from Alien to Forever War, there's probably nothing that can make me happier to hear than that. Bring this on!
Update: So this wasn't entirely accurate. David Peoples did write a few drafts of the script for Ridley Scott, but it's Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play, The Kingdom) who is working on the current draft, as reported in our correction post the day after. Peoples did work on it, but it's all in Carnahan's hands now.