Wolfgang Petersen To Helm “Old Man’s War”

Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to John Scalzi’s Hugo award-winning novel “Old Man’s War” reports Variety.

The first book in a series, the story follows a 75-year-old man who joins an off-world military coalition to protect human colonies after his wife dies. He is given a genetically enhanced body, allowing him to have the experience of age but the strength of a younger man.

Wolfgang Petersen (“Air Force One,” “Poseidon”) is set to direct while David Self will adapt the script. Petersen and Scott Stuber will produce.