Syfy has snatched up another acclaimed sci-fi novel. John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War series is being developed into a TV show at the network. Bonus: Syf has brought on a respected heavy-hitter producer for the project—two-time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One), along with fellow producer Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted). Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both developing a Winter’s Knight film) have signed to write the pilot.
The project will be titled Ghost Brigades. (You had to figure a title like Old Man’s War would be the first thing to change in a TV adaptation.) The story follows John Perry, who—according to Syfy’s official description—is “a 75-year-old who enlists into 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.”
The development comes on the heels of Syfy greenlighting a pilot based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy series The Magicians and giving a direct-to-series order for The Expanse series, based on James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes.