Warner Bros. & Sony Battle for Channing Tatum in 'The Forever War'
While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts.
For those who don't know, the story follows a soldier who battles an enemy known as Taurans in deep space. As he rises in the military ranks and travels around the universe doing his job, he slows down the aging process. But back on Earth, those he loves have aged and passed on over about 700 years. However, there's also a female soldier who seems to be aging much slower as well, and they obviously have something to bond over. As of now, there's no director attached, but with Tatum in the lead and a completed script, surely one could be found quickly to get this project on the right track.