Syfy, continuing efforts to add to its science-fiction offerings, is developing a drama based on the Hugo-nominated series of books “Old Man’s War” from John Scalzi, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Development will be overseen by Wolfgang Petersen of “The NeverEnding Story,” with Scott Stuber of “Safe House.” Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig will write the first script of the drama, which comes from Universal Cable Productions and will be called “Ghost Brigades.”
The books focus on 75-year-old John Perry, who signs up to fight in a centuries-old war for humanity’s expansion across the universe.
“Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space,” the story reports. “However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.”
The original novel, “Old Man’s War,” was published in 2005 and nominated for a Hugo in 2006. The development comes after Paramount Pictures optioned the book, with Petersen attached to direct, although the project never came to fruition. The second novel in the five-book series is called “Ghost Brigades,” the same title as the Syfy project.