Ridley Scott has been desperate to make a movie out of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel, The Forever War, for 25 years. Balk in 2008 Fox acquired the hard to get rights to the book, and Scott has had the idea to direct ever since. He told Deadline in 2008 the story was “a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built on a brilliant, disorienting premise.”
Not much has happened since the idea, but now Fox 2000 and Scott’s own Scott Free Productions are keen to get this moving, and have hired All You Need Is Kill screenwriter D.W Harper to write a script for the film. Harper also wrote the script for the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters.
With Scott currently in post-production on The Counselor, and with Prometheus 2 and the Blade Runner sequel on the horizon, just when he will get to begin work on The Forever War is anybody’s guess. However, it does sound like an extremely exciting film for Scott.
Here is how Deadline describes the synopsis:
A soldier reluctantly battles an enemy in deep space, and while he spends a short time in battle, the time dilation of space channel causes him to return home to a planet that has aged to the point it is almost unrecognizable to the soldier.
And here is Amazon‘s synopsis for the book:
Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero in an interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. But his greatest test will be when he returns home. Relativity means that for every few months’ tour of duty centuries have passed on Earth, isolating the combatants ever more from the world for whose future they are fighting.