Ridley Scott’s Return to Sci-Fi Will Be a ‘Forever War’

It’s been almost 25 years since Joe Haldeman’s novel’s debut, but Ridley Scott may finally bring it to a theater near you.
By  · Published on October 13th, 2008

Remember when Ridley Scott made Blade Runner and Alien, and we knew we had a science fiction master on our side, making movies that fans would love and mainstream audiences could get behind? And then he proved his worth time and time again by moving onto historical epics and dramas like Gladiator and won Oscars and Wolfgang Peterson wished he had his career?

Variety is reporting that Scott may be bringing his fresh sci-fi genius and the maturity of his epic storytelling to an adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s novel “The Forever War.” Scott has wanted to make the Hugo Award Winning Novel since the 1970s, and now he may get his chance after acquiring the rights through his Scott Free Productions label.

As fans of the iconic book know, the story is about William Mandella, a student who joins an elite fighting force to battle an alien race – called Taurans – while light years away on Earth, mankind creates and begins mass-producing clones who eventually play a major role in the intergalactic war.

It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise.

Odyssey. By way of Blade Runner. How awesome is that?

Scott has several projects ahead of him including Nottingham with Russell Crowe, but with any luck, fans will not have to wait light years before seeing The Forever War hit the big screen.

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