Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” to Become Series on SyFy Network

It was announced on August 5, 2014, that author John Scalzi’s science fiction series, Old Man’s John Scalzi human divisionWar, has been tapped for development by the NBC-owned cable network SyFy.  The television series is being called Ghost Brigades, the title of one of the novels in Scalzi’s series (the series includes the novels  Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, and The Human Division, and short stories The Sagan Diary and After the Coup; another novel is in the works).  Wolfgang Petersen (The Neverending Story) will lead the development team along with Scott Stuber (Safe House) and writers Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter’s Knight).  Mr. Scalzi will be an executive producer and will have input into the series.

According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter:

Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at 75 enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man’s expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. 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.

When interviewed about the news (by himself on his blog “Whatever”) Mr. Scalzi said that it was decided to use the name Ghost Brigades rather than Old Man’s War because it “sounds sexier”, but assured his readers that the series “will pull elements from various books in the OMW universe”.  He said of the writers for the series, who he met in San Diego during the recent Comic Con convention, “They had smart things to say about the books, asked smart questions, and were generally, well, smart. I liked them. We had a good time and I think they will do a very fine job adapting the books.”

Another Scalzi novel, Redshirts, is also in development for a television series at the FX Network.


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