“After a bidding war with Sony, Warner Bros has won the rights to adapt Joe Haldeman’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning sci-fi novel The Forever War,” revealed today. The script will be written by Jon Spaihts, writer of Ridley Scott’s much-maligned (but underrated) Prometheus. also spilled the beans about the film’s lead: Channing Tatum, of Magic Mike, and Jupiter Ascending fame. He will play William Mandella, an Earth soldier who has to deal with a rapidly changing human society due to the time dilation necessary to travel through interstellar space.

The Forever War is one of my favourite novels, so I’m duly excited (and duly dubious) about this adaptation.

As postulates, many questions remain surrounding the adaptation. Will it be set in modern times, or 1977 like the novel? How will the narrative handle the military narrative and political messaging from a modern perspective, versus Haldeman’s firsthand experiences during the Vietnam war. Are we still on the path to an exclusively homosexual human society? It’s a complicated novel, so hopefully the writer and directors are willing to engage with Haldeman’s book on more than a surface level.

  • Kendall May 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Wait, we’re not already in an exclusively homosexual human society? ;-)

    I still need to read this book (blush) – yeah, I’m embarrassed as heck. I must read it before the movie…. But I’ve heard it’s a true classic, and it really has been on my list. I own it….

  • Mad Professah May 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    It is true it is a classic but by the time I read it (on my way going through all the Hugo-Nebula double winners) it was showing its age. (Felt a bit dated.) It is definitely thought-provoking. However, it’s not even my favorite Handelman book. I really, really liked his Camouflage, which I think would make an even better movie.

  • Kendall May 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Camouflage was cool, yeah! No doubt they’ll update The Forever War.

  • Jedd Cole May 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    You know, some books are not meant to be made into movies. If Channing Tatum’s going to be the star role in a Forever War movie, I seriously doubt that it will engage with the subversive core of Haldeman’s novel. It’ll probably make for a good action movie, but…. I mean, there was so much going on in that book!