SyFy and Wolfgang Petersen to deliver a new Old Man’s War

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SyFy are continuing to deliver on their commitment to bring sexy sci-fi and fantasy back. John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series of military sci-fi novels is the latest to be put into development, and is being led by Wolfgang Petersen (The Neverending Story, Troy).

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Named “Ghost Brigades”, after the title of the second of five published novels, the series chronicles the adventures of John Perry following his enlistment into the Colonial Defense Forces, which protects human colonists from all manner of alien threats during humanity’s expansion into the galaxy. The kicker – recruits are all over 65-years old and their consciousness is transferred into much younger, bio-engineered bodies designed to endure the rigors of combat. And they’re green, so keep them away from a certain space ship captain.

The series also deals with a number of issues including ethics, mortality, friendship, personal identity & nature of humanity. The first book,”Old Man’s War” was first published in 2005, and was nominated for a Hugo award in 2006. THR reports that joining Petersen in bringing these stories to life will be producer Scott Stuber (Safe House), while the writing duo of Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter’s Knight, Thirst) have been tapped to pen the script.

Petersen was actually once picked to direct a feature film adaptation of Scalzi’s story when Paramount first acquired the rights back in 2011, but luckily that production fizzled out leaving us here now for a much more applicable TV series adaptation. Ghost Brigades will be a good fit with SyFy’s upcoming reinvigorated lineup of proper sci-fi and fantasy shows like space operas The Expanse and Ascension, and has the potential to even be the best out of the lot. As a military sci-fi junkie who’s read the series, I’m pretty excited about seeing if it does live up to its potential.

Last Updated: August 7, 2014

Trevor Davies

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