While we were in the air between Poland and Florida, this story unfolded–
Thursday, 11:18 AM: EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and Sony are battling to set up
the feature adaptation of the popular sci-fi actioner The Forever War with Channing
Tatum attached to star and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange, Passengers)
scripting. The Forever War, written by Joe Haldeman, is considered one of the
best science fiction stories of all time and won numerous awards. The book,
which also was continued in two sequel novels, was written in 1974 and also
spawned a graphic novel. The story is an analogy about the Vietnam War, a endless
war where soldiers fight with no clear idea about why they are engaged in combat.
So something indeed has happened/is happening. I await word from my agent (who
alerted me when the first story broke) and of course a line of sweating minions
pushing wheelbarrows full of money up my sidewalk.
UPDATED, Thursday, 6:15 PM: Warner Bros outbid Sony late Thursday after a spirited
negotiation and is now in business with a new possible franchise, The Forever
War with Channing Tatum on board to star. The script is being penned by Jon
Spaihts and will be based on Joe Haldeman’s book. Richard Edlund had the rights
to the book for 27 years, and it had been at Fox for the past seven with Ridley
Scott, but after several scripts, it never made it to the big screen. Hopefully,
this time, the 41-year-old classic sci-fi novel — said to be one of the best
books of the genre — finally will get made.
Fingers and toes crossed!