Director Ridley Scott has been trying to adapt the 1974 novel, The Forever War, for over 20 years now! It looks like the production of this film is taking step forward with bringing on screenwriter David Peoples (Blade Runner) to write the script.
This news comes from the books writer Joe Haldeman on his personal blog. He doesn't come out and actually name David Peoples, but he does say "Scott has a script; last I heard, it was the fourth rewrite. I've talked to the writer — he has good credits, like Unforgiven." So how do we know Peoples is involved with the script? Because he was the only writer on the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven. He's also worked on films such as Leviathan, The Blood of Heroes, Fatal Sky, Twelve Monkeys and Soldier.
With People on board to write the script, and Ridley Scott attached to direct, The Forever War should turn out to be a great movie!
For those of you not familiar with the story here is the description of the book:
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...