Hey, Ever Wondered If There Would Ever Be an Old Man’s War Movie?
Well, then, you might want to read this.
Also, yes, I’ll talk about it more in just a minute. Give me a second to update.
Update: And here we go:
1. Yes, and obviously, I knew this was coming. For those of you who wonder whether or not I always blog about everything that happens to me the second it happens, the answer to this is I’ve been sitting on this for quite a while now, since quite obviously I can’t burble about this stuff before the studio puts it out there. Yes, I keep secrets from you! And I still am, although not about this. Bwa ha ha ha hah ha!
2. Yes, I’m very happy with the team putting it together. I’ve been an admirer of Wolfgang Petersen’s for a long time now, both as a director and as someone whose films do great business here and abroad, and I think he’s a very good fit for Old Man’s War. Scott Stuber is likewise a very smart and savvy producer, and someone who knows how to shepherd a film through the process right to the big screen. Screenwriter David Self has done some great work adapting material (see: The Road to Perdition), so I was very happy to hear he was operating on my work. I’m also very pleased to be at Paramount, who knows their way around making, marketing and distributing very large science fiction and adventure films. Basically, a good fit all the way around.
3. Beyond this there’s nothing I can share with you at the moment about the status of the production, except to say it’s moving along. As with any potential film project, there’s a lot that can happen between an announcement of a project and the first time it ever gets shown to an audience. We’re in very early days, and my philosophy is: let’s see what happens next. I’m optimistic and realistic.
4. One thing I do want all y’all to be aware of, though, so we have it out front from the beginning: The movie that is eventually made of Old Man’s War will be an adaptation of the book — not the book itself. The filmmakers are going to have to make changes and alterations and cuts and additions and so on and so forth, because that’s what they do when they make movies. I know this, and this is part of the reason why I chose to be picky about who I optioned the work to: Because I wanted filmmakers I felt could best adapt what I wrote so that it would work on the big screen. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.
Other questions? Put them in the thread, but be aware that at this point, the answer to many of your questions will be “I don’t know.”