Correction: Matthew Michael Carnahan Writing 'Forever War'
Yesterday we found out that writer David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven, 12 Monkeys) was working on the long-gestating adaptation of Joe Haldeman's 1974 novel The Forever War. It turns out that while this info is accurate, it's a bit out of date. Peoples did in fact work on the script a little while back, but The Playlist noticed in Deadline's article on Tony Scott's interest in The Associate that the writer who is actually working on the script is Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play, The Kingdom). Though he hasn't had any sci-fi scripts go to production, he did just recently adapt World War Z, so we know he's qualified.
As a recap, Haldeman's "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 does not recognize some 20 years later. Ridley Scott previously called it a "brilliant, disorienting premise" that was also 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." Sounds like a book I need to read and a movie I need to see sooner than later. We shouldn't be too worried about Carnahan's revisions either.
Damn, and I was just getting excited about this. The Kingdom was awful. Ah well. At there is a great book and work by a great screenwriter before him for Carnahan to adapt, which should minimize the damage.
Mathieu on Aug 5, 2010
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