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Wolfgang Petersen to adapt “Old Man’s War” novel for Paramount

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
February 23rd, 2011

John Scalzi's popular book series "Old Man's War" has just been acquired by Paramount with Wolfgang Petersen (DAS BOOT) set to direct. The film doesn't have a title yet, but the project will allow Petersen to return to the world of sci-fi - a genre he hasn't visited since the '80s classic ENEMY MINE starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, jr.

The story revolves around a 75-year-old man (someone phone up Anthony Hopkins) who joins an off-world military coalition to protect human colonies after his wife dies. He is given a younger genetically enhanced body - akin to Jake Scully's alien counterpart in AVATAR - allowing him to have the experience of age along with the strength of a younger man.

"Old Man's War" is the first book in the series and was nominated for a Hugo award and also appeared on the New York Bestseller List.

Petersen has not fully committed to the film yet, and if he does decide to direct, it will be his first picture since the lukewarm blockbuster POSEIDON in 2006.

Sound like a good fit? Would you like to see Wolfgang Petersen return to sci-fi?

Source Variety

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