Me: So, an Old Man’s War TV series?
Me: Yes, looks like, cross fingers, knock on wood.
That’s fantastic news.
Wasn’t it supposed to be a movie?
What happened with that?
Things change. People change. Hairstyles change. And eventually the option on the film ran out. So we got to sell it again, this time for TV.
But you’re still working with Scott Stuber and Wolfgang Petersen, who had the film rights.
Yup. We had a couple of very competitive offers from awesome folks, but Stuber/Petesen came in with what my team thought had the best slate of fundamentals to get a TV series done, including the interest of Universal Cable Productions and Syfy.
Heh. You just said “your team.” You’re so Hollywood now.
LA has changed you!
I know. I suck.
Also, why is it being called Ghost Brigades rather than Old Man’s War?
Because Ghost Brigades sounds sexier, basically. The series will pull elements from various books in the OMW universe in any event.
So what happens now?
Now we get the writers to write up the pilot script.
Who are the writers?
Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig.
Have you met them? What do you think of them?
I met them when I was in San Diego the other week. We sat around and had a nice long chat about the books and the TV series and adapting the former into the latter. They had smart things to say about the books, asked smart questions, and were generally, well, smart. I liked them. We had a good time and I think they will do a very fine job adapting the books.
Why aren’t you writing the script?
Because I have other things to write, including the sequel to The Human Division.
But you’re going to be involved in some way, yes?
Yes. I’ll be an executive producer on the show, and I will be having input on things.
So this is the second TV show you currently have under development, yes?
That’s correct. Redshirts is currently chugging along at FX.
How’s that going?
So far, very well! I saw some of the work on it recently and I am very happy to say that I’m pleased with what I’ve seen. I can’t say anything else at this point.
So now that you’re an executive producer of two TV shows under development I bet you think you’re some sort of hot shot.
Yes. Yes, I do. KNEEL BEFORE ME.
You know that’s a physical impossibility.
Damn. You’re right. Never mind.
Anything to say to those who are congratulating you?
Yes: Thank you, and I love you all.
Anything to say to those who see this as evidence of the further decline of western culture?
Yes: HA HA suck it dudes.
Do you have any other news for us, TV, film or otherwise?
Maybe? Maybe? You’re just being a dick now.
I know. I suck.
Update, August 6: More questions answered.