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Ridley Scott Enlists for The Forever War

Published October 13, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Though Ridley Scott has to be sick to his stomach after watching Body of Lies get terrorized by Beverly Hills Chihuahua, that isn't stopping the director from moving forward with something more up his alley.

Ridley Scott to Direct The Forever War

Any fan of sci-fi knows that it was Ridley Scott who gave us Blade Runner and Alien. While I like James Cameron's Aliens more than Alien, I can't deny that both these films are classics and great for the period in which they were made; though prolongued glances into space did make me bored from time to time.

It now looks like Scott is returning to his roots with The Forever War, Fox 2000's adaptation of the 1974 written by Joe Haldeman. The irony of having Scott direct as it was he who wanted to make this movie right after Alien but got held up with complications with rights.

"I first pursued Forever War 25 years ago, and the book has only grown more timely and relevant since," Scott told Daily Variety. "It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise."

The Forever War 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.

Scott's production company, Scott Free, is currently out looking for a writer.

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