Last year, Ridley Scott told us that he had a "good writer" hard at work on the script for his 3-D version of Joe Haldeman's classic novel The Forever War. Then, a couple of months ago, Scott added that the screenwriter was "on a fourth draft of the adaptation." But he never revealed the NAME of that writer. Now Haldeman—perhaps inadvertently—has.
Over on his blog, Haldeman wrote yesterday that:
Scott has a script; last I heard, it was the fourth rewrite. I've talked to the writer -- he has good credits, like Unforgiven.
And who's credited with writing Unforgiven? David Webb Peoples, who also wrote the screenplay for Twelve Monkeys, Ladyhawke ... and Blade Runner.
I'm not among the people who assume that the novel will be desecrated by the movie. It will be interesting to see somebody else's take on it.
Incidentally, I wasn't asked to submit a screenplay, though I've been a member of the Writers Guild for almost thirty years and have solid production credits. No surprise. They don't want the book's author saying "Hold it! I wrote the book, and that's not the way it goes."
So The Forever War will be brought to the screen with a script from the guy who wrote what's arguably one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. That makes us feel better. How about you?