Ridley Scott's Forever War
Ridley Scott is about to make his first science fiction film since the heady days of Blade Runner and Alien, and considering how good those films were he's piled a lot of pressure on himself by leaving it so long and by two of the greatest and most influential science fiction films of all time.
Now he has a mountain to climb, but the news that he's going to adapt The Forever War for the big screen might just be a hefty foot up.
The Forever War (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) is a novel from Joe Haldeman from 1974 that tells the story of a soldier in an elite squad who is sent across time and space to fight an enemy very far from home. He does this without question, despite all those that arise at home, and he heads off to war.
Upon his return, after fighting for only a few months, he is greeted by the reality of his situation. Due to the effects of time and deep space travel, he has been gone from Earth some twenty years, not the few months he knows he's spent fighting, and the world is a very different place.
"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."
It sounds like an interesting film that will probably do as much to address the issues faced by soldiers returning from war today as any of the war films hitting the big screen now, and what's surprising is that this film will probably reach more people because it's not an Iraq war film.
Ridley Scott is coming back to science fiction, but there are two questions, the first is does he still have what he gave Blade Runner and Alien, or has has his style changed too much, and the second is will this be enough of a science fiction tale and not a thinly disguised war film? Mind you on that count does it really matter if it's an on form Scott film?