Author Joe Haldeman has revealed on his blog that scribe David Peoples (“Twelve Monkeys,” “Unforgiven”) has penned the latest draft of the film adaptation of his 1974 novel “The Forever War” for Fox 2000 and Scott Free.
The story revolves around a soldier who battles an enemy in deep space for only a few months, only to return home to a planet he doesn’t recognize some 20 years later.
Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film back in late 2008 though no word on when its production will kick off. Scott intended to film the project back in the 80’s but rights complications delayed his plans for more than two decades.
Peoples’ draft is said to be at least the fourth or fifth version of the script.
Update: Turns out Peoples’ involvement was a while back as Matthew Michael Carnahan (“The Kingdom”) is now currently working on the script according to Deadline.