Old Man's War bought by Paramount

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  1. lecti says:

    C’mon, how could people hat Verhoeven movies! Starship Troopers, Robocop, Showgirls… oh. showgirls.

  2. nanuq says:

    Considering what Hollywood ended up doing with Starship Troopers, I’m not optimistic.

    • Brainspore says:

      It’s not like the book was really any more thoughtful than the movie adaptation. (MILITARY GOOD! PACIFISM STUPID!) At least the movie had a layer of irony… and boobies.

  3. Chang says:

    YIPPIE~!!!

  4. catgrin says:

    Such a fun series! It read like it do well if treated decently, so I guess I’ll just sit back and hope for the best.

  5. shichae says:

    This movie is going to be epic!!! It’s going to be like watching a Victoria’s Secret Runway Show fused with Starship Troopers (Both the movie and the book) in tantalizing green skin! I can’t wait to see this when it comes out!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Y’know how when Shakespeare films come out, the really good ones are credited as “[Title] by William Shakespeare” and the really crappy ones are credited as “[Director] presents [Title], based on the work of William Shakespeare”? That’s what I’m worried about. This movie deserves a “by John Scalzi” and not a “based on the book by John Scalzi.”

    Please don’t ruin it, Hollywood. Please.

  7. Ocker3 says:

    besides, the Starship Troopers movie was set Before the books started, perhaps as an excuse to deal with different plotlines, which could be simplified as the characters were younger. it’s a pity you can’t make a movie and require that people read the book that sets the whole thing up, not enough people would see it.

  8. DoctressJulia says:

    Oh, no… I think this will end up being shit. :(

  9. Anonymous says:

    read it and enjoyed it.at 70 looking on it would be a cool way to go, if you survive boot camp again lol

  10. pmhparis says:

    Never did well in reading comprehension did you Brainspore…

    ST was exposing Heinlein’s theory that civic rights are better rewarded after having contributed to society rather than as an innate right. Much like communism, the theory has it’s good points but fails in real-life due to humanity’s imperfect nature.

    When you judge a movie good because it contains “boobies” you’re not likely to appreciate anything deeper than a bad comic book.

    I was extremely disappointed in the movie. Unfortunately instead of exploring the advantages & disadvantages of Heinlein’s meritocracy it turned into a very bad bughunt.

    • lorq says:

      Brainspore: “At least the movie had a layer of irony… and boobies.”

      pmhparis: “Never did well in reading comprehension did you Brainspore [...] When you judge a movie good because it contains ‘boobies’ you’re not likely to appreciate anything deeper than a bad comic book.”

      Never did well in irony comprehension did you pmhparis…

  11. Sapa says:

    I signed up on the Tor, haven’t found the link to read this yet but I FOUND MOOMINS!!!!!!

  12. Brainspore says:

    ST was exposing Heinlein’s theory that civic rights are better rewarded after having contributed to society rather than as an innate right.

    So long as said contribution to society involves killing stuff. Note that in his idealized future “citizenship” isn’t gained through teaching underprivileged children or curing third-world diseases.

    It’s not that I think the book is downright awful and the movie is a masterpiece, it’s just that I don’t think the inverse is true either.

    • Anonymous says:

      “So long as said contribution to society involves killing stuff. Note that in his idealized future ‘citizenship’ isn’t gained through teaching underprivileged children or curing third-world diseases.”

      Actually, it can be. Military service is not required: Federal service is. If it turns out that what the Federal service can best use you for is killing things and breaking people, then that’s what you do.

      Since the book’s about military service, that’s what we see, but the recruiter makes it quite clear that the Federal service *is required by unbreakable law* to find you SOMETHING you can do to qualify. IIRC the example given is that if you are blind, deaf, and wheelchair-bound, he’ll find you a job counting the hairs on caterpillars by touch.

  13. ahmacrom says:

    Starship Troopers was directed by Paul Verhoeven, what did we expect? I love it for what it is. Now, Wolfgang is doing this and he did Never Ending Story and Das Boot so I don’t know. I guess he gave up on Ender’s game.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Yay! I enjoyed this book but thought it was the kind of story that could be even better as a film. I approve of this development.

  15. daddy_fizz says:

    Sweet…just finished reading the series not too long ago so it will be interesting to see how well it translates…

  16. tsm_sf says:

    If you’re expecting a rehash of Starship Troopers, keep in mind this is the director behind Das Boot and Enemy Mine (and Neverending Story). We just might get a complex view of military culture.

    Having said that, and having grown up in a military town, a complex view of military culture isn’t mutually exclusive with “woo boobies!” as above. In fact it would have to, ahem, embrace it.

  17. Nash Rambler says:

    I would give odds of 7-2 that it will languish in development hell for no less than 3 years.

    That pessimistic comment aside, loved the book and sequels, and hope the movie does Scalzi’s vision justice.

  18. Spencer Cross says:

    Awesome opposum. IMHO it’s perfect film fodder. Hearty congrats to Scalzi!

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