Ridley Scott Teams with 'All You Need is Kill' Writer for 'Forever War'

November 27, 2012

Forever War

When Ridley Scott signed on to direct Prometheus, it was a surprise not only because he swooped in and essentially took the gig from 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, but also because we thought his return to science fiction would be an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's 1974 novel The Forever War. Scott has wanted to direct the film for more than 25 years and finally optioned the property in 2008, but when the opportunity arose to direct Prometheus, he put this one on hold. Now, he's goingforward with it again, and Deadline reports that he has All You Need Is Kill screenwriter Dante Harper on board to write a new draft.

The story follows 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. Apparently the war he was fighting took 700 years, but he aged only 10 during that same time. Scott has called it a "brilliant, disorienting premise" and after chasing down the material for a quarter century, the man is obviously incredibly passionate about bringing this story to the screen.

Harper is far from the first scribe to try his hand at adapting this material. David Peoples took a crack at it, and then the next day, Joe Carnahan's brother Matthew Carnahan (who actually wrote the upcoming World War Z) was brought on to give it a whirl. Things have quieted down a bit since then, with Scott moving on to Prometheus and Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor.

Harper definitely has science fiction experience, but he's also responsible for the long-delayed Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters which could end up being disastrous, so he's ultimately a question mark when it comes to proven storytelling talent. While talks of a Prometheus sequel continue to whisper through the interwebs, we're hoping that The Forever War gets adapted before Scott heads back to the Blade Runner universe or tries to connect the dots again with his Alien franchise.

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Reader Feedback - 34 Comments


This is great news, really, if true. I first read the novel thirty years ago, and again last year. One of the best sci-fi stories...ever.

Hilary Hartman on Nov 27, 2012


The novel is one of my favorite SF books, and it still holds up (first read it 17 years ago). If you can you should read AYNIK--while it was published in Japanese, the English translation has been around since 2008.

Scopedog on Nov 27, 2012


Thanks for the recommendation. Looks good!

Hilary Hartman on Nov 28, 2012


Both of those are horrible movie titles which will ultimately kill the success of those films regardless of their quality or lack thereof.

Bobo_Vision on Nov 27, 2012


Seriously? like your not kidding?

Cody W on Nov 27, 2012


I'm not joking. A bad movie title can sink a decent movie. And those titles are stinkers. All you need is kill? Flipping the title of a Beatles song and changing love to kill? That's gonna bomb. And Forever War....changing the word Love to War. That's gonna bomb, too. There will be die-hard geeks who will masturbate while watching them and fight until the wee hours of the night defending them on message boards until the Cheeto crumbs dry up under their fingernails....but that won't change their box office failure.

Bobo_Vision on Nov 27, 2012


I love it when people who don't work in the movie biz, start telling everyone about the movie biz. Bobo, you are wrong on so many levels, it's not even funny. on Nov 27, 2012


Didnt realize you have a time machine, ya shallow moron.

Cody W on Nov 27, 2012


LOL. You're an idiot. None of the movies discussed at movie news websites have been released...that doesn't mean we can't have opinions about them. The fact that you are taking this personally by responding with personal attacks because of my opinion means that you are personally invested in this news, or in sci-fi in general, and my comment has stirred up your Asperger's. Listen, tubby, go get a gym membership, cut out the fried foods, and get a life.

Bobo_Vision on Nov 27, 2012


Lol you love using that aspergers insult, along with being a hypocritic as you personally insulted someone first a mere 60 seconds before responding to my post, then to go and try and personally insult me while ranting about personal insults....O what am I doing your a moron or a troll and if thats the case your successful.

Cody W on Nov 27, 2012


i always wondered if BoBo is that moron that keeps changing his name so it seems like there is more than one person on this site that hates everything for attention.....

Jericho on Nov 28, 2012


The f$*%....for a moment, I thought I was reading a comment from an AICN talkback....

Scopedog on Nov 30, 2012


Man, you've got to be joking. Either that, or you're one cynical dude....

Scopedog on Nov 27, 2012


So you can see the future? You know this for a fact? on Nov 27, 2012


The Forever War has a big following and is a book I've planned to read for awhile... looks like it'll have to be sooner than later. It's great to see more scifi being treated towards the big screen and Ridley has the backing to do something like this right. I hope it is received well so we can see some more epic scifi going to the big screen and not b-graded to the SyFy channel 😀

syntaxterror on Nov 27, 2012


it's ridley scott - i doubt we'll get "SyFy channel"

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


I didn't say this movie will be SyFy channel... read my post, silly

syntaxterror on Nov 27, 2012


i re-read your last sentence - it sounds like your saying that you HOPE scotts movie is liked so more sci-fi hits the big screen instead of being syfy fair...that SOUNDS like your saying that if his film isn't well-received, it would be considered syfy material and future similar films would be downgraded to syfy because of RS film. if this isn't what you meant - then it's my mistake - however, if you didn't mean this....WHAT does that last sentence mean?

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


Maybe you should read more books instead of watching cartoons all day. Now you want commenters to teach you reading comprehension?

Bobo_Vision on Nov 27, 2012


bobo, i'm an OSU grad - a 48 year-old semi-retired psychiatrist with a library of books that probably dwarfs your ENTIRE living space. my books range from sci-fi to fantasy.....military history to psychology, philosophy, archaeology and even some cooking - just what books do you read? god, your an idiot.

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


bobo, are you so dense that you can't remember what you questioned me about? you were asking about my book reading and reading comprehension. as far as my work - there is NOTHING i could say to you that would satisfy you in any way. you've shown yourself to be rude, insulting and negative in every post you make. i really hope alex bans you from the site. i'm done with you.

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


I got a txt from a friend that you were at it again, "flaunting your stuff like a boss-peacock", lol. *Brb, Getting popcorn*

David Banner on Nov 28, 2012


"I hope it is received well so we can see some more epic scifi going to the big screen and not b-graded to the SyFy channel" pretty much says it right there: if Ridley's scifi movies can bring more power behind these genres, then we'll get more scifi being made for the big screen instead of all that junk being made for SyFY and the like. Didn't think it was that complicated a sentence to get through.... but oh well.

syntaxterror on Nov 27, 2012


not complicated - just more convoluted than need be.' thanks for the response.

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


You first.

Scopedog on Nov 27, 2012


I still love you Ridley!

Xerxexx on Nov 27, 2012


me too!

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


out of respect for alex wishes, i'm not going to respond to your nonsense

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


alex, can't you ban this moron?

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


wow, love the crazies in the comment section. You say he returns home after 20 years and that the war went on for 700. Is there a typo there? I haven't read the book, but I can spot the commentary on war vets and shell shock. Love when scifi grounds itself in real issues. I'll have to pick up the novel. Also I thought Scott was adapting Brave New World next. Thats probably very old news

Richie G on Nov 28, 2012


Read it. It is a commentary on vets and war, since Haldeman was a Vietnam vet. Ironically, it was the "Vietnam in the future" vibe that nearly prevented the book from being published.

Scopedog on Nov 30, 2012


The Forever War is a fantastic book! I'm quite excited for this. Plus we also have Enders Game coming out too, I'm glad to see these classic novels getting the attention they deserve. Although no sci-fi book will ever, ever top Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Ever! Once that gets the big budget movie treatment it will put Star Wars to shame.

Lagoya on Nov 28, 2012


please dont say that about Hyperion putting star wars to shame...everyone said John Carter would do that so lets just hold off to avoid jinxing.....

Jericho on Nov 28, 2012


He should do the sequel to Prometheus now! Get on with Paradise

Space jockey on Nov 29, 2012

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