Ridley Scott Teams with 'All You Need is Kill' Writer for 'Forever War'
by Ben Pearson
November 27, 2012
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.