Ridley Scott returns to science fiction with ‘The Forever War’

Ridley Scott is set to return to the world of science fiction with the screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel “The Forever War” for Fox 2000.

Variety reports it will be the first sci-fi project for Scott since he made “Blade Runner” and “Alien.” The film has been on Scott’s radar since “Alien,” but problems with the screen rights kept the project delayed for more than 20 years.

The film will be produced by Scott Free with Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza executive producing.

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

The story follows a soldier who fights an enemy in deep space for only a few months, and returns home to find a planet he doesn’t recognize.

Scott Free and Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell are currently shopping for a writer. Scott’s latest film, “Body of Lies,” hit theaters last Friday (Oct. 10th). He is currently at work on “Nottingham” with Russell Crowe. He is also involved in several other projects – such as the thriller “Child 44.”

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