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03 August 2010 @ 02:36 pm
The Forever War screenplay  
[Somebody wrote into sff.net offering to write a screenplay for THE FOREVER WAR. . . ]

860, Tue 03 Aug 2010 01:29:43p

Andrew, anybody can write a script for any book, especially THE FOREVER WAR,
but it might not be a productive use of one's time. Scott has a script; last
I heard, it was the fourth rewrite. I've talked to the writer -- he has good
credits, like "Unforgiven."

I'm not among the people who assume that the novel will be desecrated by the
movie. It will be interesting to see somebody else's take on it.

Incidentally, I wasn't asked to submit a screenplay, though I've been a member
of the Writers Guild for almost thirty years and have solid production credits.
No surprise. They don't want the book's author saying "Hold it! I wrote the
book, and that's not the way it goes."
joe_haldeman: pic#101547315joe_haldeman on August 5th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
The Forever War screenplay
Oops ... hold it . . . Gay points out that I made a mistake . . . the _last_ time The Forever War was sold to the movies, the screenwriter was the guy who did _Tombstone_. But not this time. I don't know anything about the identity of this writer, only that it has supposedly gone through four drafts.

(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: The Forever War screenplay
According to IMDB, David Peoples did indeed write "Unforgiven," as well as "Blade Runner" and "Ladyhawke" among other films. -- Les Roth