The upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi war novel The Forever War, starring Channing Tatum, is a hot property. Several studios tried to outbid each other before Warner Bros eventually won the rights.
Why is this such a highly coveted project? Well, in addition to the fact that one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men will headline the film, the offscreen talent is just as impressive. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts, best known for Prometheus, and iconic producer Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon and The Lego Movie franchises) are both on board.
Filmmakers have been interested in adapting this award-winning book by Joe Haldeman since it first came out in 1974, with Ridley Scott attempting to develop it in recent years. The story centers on Private William Mandella, a young physics student drafted into the military, who becomes part of a task force during a war with an alien species known as the Taurans. After fighting many battles, he rises up the ranks of the military, but his travels through space have a bizarre, time-warping effect on him, causing him to age at an extremely slow pace.
As centuries pass, Mandella lives through many dramatic changes, including the elimination of heterosexuality, a new language and mankind’s melding into one homogeneous race. Mandella’s true love is a female soldier, who also slows down her aging through space-time so they can be together.
Tatum and his Free Association execs will co-produce the feature. The actor is currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated western The Hateful Eight.