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Update: Channing Tatum to star in the scifi film The Forever War for WB

05.01.2015

UPDATE: Warner Bros has won the bidding war for THE FOREVER WAR according to Deadline. Channing Tatum is locked in to star but no further details have been revealed.

There is a bidding war going on right now between Warner Bros and Sony for the rights to produce the big screen version of classic scifi novel THE FOREVER WAR. Last we hear, THE FOREVER WAR was being developed as a project for Ridley Scott. Since then, it has bounced around aimlessly. This latest version of the film comes courtesy of screenwriter Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS) and Channing Tatum set to star.

The novel, an award-winner for author Joe Haldeman upon it's release in the 1970s, is an allegory for the Vietnam War and was followed by two sequels. It is widely considered one of the best scifi novels of all time and is being eyed as a potential franchise for whichever studio lands the rights.

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

Channing Tatum has been very hit or miss in recent years with a pair of bombs on his resume (WHITE HOUSE DOWN, JUPITER ASCENDING). But, Tatum's production company Free Association landed the rights after 20th Century Fox's plan with Ridley Scott fell through. Sources tell Deadline that Warner Bros is close to finalizing a deal for THE FOREVER WAR while Sony is close to their own. Whichever studio ends up with the rights, I would expect them to move quickly on making this happen. There is currently no director attached.

Good war films have been in abundance in recent years but there is always room for scifi adaptations. EDGE OF TOMORROW may not have been a box office smash, but it did win over a lot of fans on Blu-ray and DVD. THE FOREVER WAR, if handled properly, could be both a critical and commercial hit.

Source: Deadline

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4:03AM on 05/01/2015
Oh, FUCK YOU, Tater, you bland motherfucker.
Oh, FUCK YOU, Tater, you bland motherfucker.
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10:34PM on 04/30/2015
Seriously are we not over this hack yet. Another movie I will not be bothering to watch.
Seriously are we not over this hack yet. Another movie I will not be bothering to watch.
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6:35PM on 04/30/2015

This is an amazing book

The homosexual population thing was kind of anecdotal, with one gay character actually going "straight" by the end of the book. Not that that has ever happened in the history of mankind.
The homosexual population thing was kind of anecdotal, with one gay character actually going "straight" by the end of the book. Not that that has ever happened in the history of mankind.
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6:09PM on 04/30/2015

Could Be Great...

But it's not really an action movie story (or series) so much as an examination of what diverse and unexpected impacts war has on those fighting it. There would be enough action to satisfy the war movie aficionados, but the story can't be told just by actions.
But it's not really an action movie story (or series) so much as an examination of what diverse and unexpected impacts war has on those fighting it. There would be enough action to satisfy the war movie aficionados, but the story can't be told just by actions.
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5:53PM on 04/30/2015
this is an interesting story ..."As the commanding officer of a 'strike force', Mandella commands soldiers who speak a language largely unrecognizable to him, whose ethnicity is now nearly uniform and are exclusively homosexual. He is disliked by the soldiers because they have to learn 21st century English to communicate with him and other senior staff, and because he is heterosexual." He and his fellow soldiers have difficulty fitting into a future society that has evolved almost beyond their
this is an interesting story ..."As the commanding officer of a 'strike force', Mandella commands soldiers who speak a language largely unrecognizable to him, whose ethnicity is now nearly uniform and are exclusively homosexual. He is disliked by the soldiers because they have to learn 21st century English to communicate with him and other senior staff, and because he is heterosexual." He and his fellow soldiers have difficulty fitting into a future society that has evolved almost beyond their comprehension. The veterans learn that to curb overpopulation, which led to worldwide class wars caused by inequitable rationing, homosexuality has become officially encouraged by many of the world's nations.
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