Netflix Developing Film Based on John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War”


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is developing a film based on John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel Old Man’s War, the first in his bestselling six-book series that was nominated for a Hugo Award.  Jon Shestack Productions and  will produce the film.

The story takes place centuries in the future when citizens are given a choice to age and die on Earth or join the interstellar Colonial Union, having their minds transferred into battle-ready versions of their younger selves. One such citizen is John Perry, a 75-year-old widower who leads his platoon against alien races, who encounters a younger version of his late wife while on the battlefield.

The movie will be produced by Shestack with Madhouse’s Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner while Scalzi and Madhouse’s Ryan Cunningham will act as EPs.

Shestack’s most recent was the Open Road adaptation of Before I Fall, while Madhouse produced the Denis Villeneuve thriller Prisoners with Warner Bros. and Alcon, and the recently-wrapped Screen Gems horror film Slender Man scheduled for May 2018.

A former president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and a three-time Hugo Award winner, Scalzi has a number of in with FX and Working Title so far, and has signed a 10-year 13-book deal with Tor Books.

The project will continue ’s general interest in science fiction with series like Stranger ThingsThe OA,  the Wachowski’s Sense8 and the upcoming series Altered Carbon.

Scalzi is repped by Joel Gotler of with the and Matt Sugarman of , who also put together the deal for Shestack and Madhouse along with Fox.

Deadline initially reported on this project

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