Paramount Acquires Rights to OLD MAN’S WAR
Paramount Pictures has announced their acquirement of the screen rights to the John Scalzi novel series OLD MAN’S WAR, according Deadline.com.
Wolfgang Petersen is reportedly attached to direct and David Self will be adapting the story into a what is being described as a large-scale science fiction project. Producing the project will be Scott Stuber through his Stuber Pictures banner along with Petersen. On the project will also be Kim Miller as exec producer and Alexa Faigen as associate producer.
The story tells the tale of a 75-year old man who, after losing the love of his life, decides to trade in his old carcass for a younger, genetically enhanced body. He then combines the experience of age with the strength of youth to join with an outer space military coalition sent to protect human colonies in outer space. Those who join the crew also agree to leave their past lives on earth behind, and are promised land on distant human colonies if they live. After being injured in battle, the hero is rescued by a special-forces officer who seems to be a younger version of his wife. Though she doesn’t recognize him, he’s still convinced that he has another chance with her and proceeds to abandon his unit, risking everything to be with her.
Author Scalzi is a two-time Hugo Award winner who was recently the creative consultant for Stargate: Universe. Old Man’s War is the first title in a bestselling series of four books.