Ridley Scott's Forever War writer revealed (and it's GOOD news)

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.

Haldeman added:

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?

(via firstshowing)

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