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Joe Haldeman’s well-regarded 1974 sci-fi war book “The Forever War” is a great read, and if you’re into sci-fi and, well, reading books, you should definitely pick it up. The premise is uber trippy, essentially an intergalactic war story with hefty doses of space-time shenanigans. The book has been floating around Hollywood for ages, but it now looks like it might just get made, with no less than Ridley Scott directing.
Scott, fresh off “Prometheus”, has acquired the film rights to the book by way of Fox 2000, with “All You Need is Kill” scribe D.W. Harper now set to bang out a new script for the director and studio. Apparently this is a long-time coming for Scott, who had pursued the book when it was originally published, but could never get his hands on it. Well, he’s got his hands on it now…
Here’s an official synopsis of the story via Amazon:
The Earth’s leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand–despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But “home” may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries…
The book was first published in 1974, and you can well imagine that the Vietnam War was just winding down then, though had been going on for a decade. So yeah, “The Forever War” as an analogue to the Vietnam War is pretty much a no-brainer. Of course, it helps to know that Haldeman was himself a vet previously drafted to fight in Vietnam.
Via : Deadline