Wolfgang Petersen Attached to Direct ‘Old Man’s War’

Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire) was once attached to the long-gestating film based on Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game. Now, years after moving on from that project, he is attached to another big sci-fi project. Mr. Petersen is currently set to direct an adaptation of the John Scalzi novel Old Man’s War, in which a 75-year old man is given a young body and sent to protect human colonies in space, where he meets a woman that seems to be his wife inhabiting a new young body of her own. Read More »

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(And Of Course) The NeverEnding Story Gets a Remake

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We may have solved what “The Nothing” is once and for all:  why, it’s the insatiable trend of Hollywood remakes. The sparkly 1984 children’s fantasy film, The NeverEnding Story, has been dusted off at Warner Bros. though screenwriters and a director are not currently attached. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way has taken interest in the material. The original film was adapted by director Wolfgang Petersen from the German fantasy novel, Die unendliche Geschichte, and is best remembered for a weird, snow white dog-dragon named Falkor that is ridden upon by a warrior boy (as seen above) through many a bong cloud.

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Wolfgang Petersen Off Ender’s Game

Ender's gameGerman filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, The Perfect Storm) is no longer set to direct an adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. io9 reports that the production, which is now hoping to shoot by early 2009, is on the hunt for a new director. Endger’s Game was originally slated to be released this year. Orson Scott Card is still working hard to tighten the screenplay, while producers narrow down their potential directors short list. The adaptation requires an extended pre-production due to the many visual effects involved, so the earlier the better.

Here is the plot description from the book jacket: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut-young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

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