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Paramount buys ‘War’ for Wolfgang Peterson

Project based on John Scalzi's book series

Paramount Pictures has acquired a project based on John Scalzi’s book series “Old Man’s War,” with Wolfgang Petersen set to direct.

Petersen and Scott Stuber will producer through his Stuber Pictures banner with David Self set to adapt the script.

Pic, which is currently untitled, would follow a 75-year-old man who joins an off-world military coalition to protect human colonies after his wife dies. He is given a genetically enhanced body, allowing him to have the experience of age but the strength of a younger man. Kimberly Miller will exec produce.

“Old Man’s War” was the first book in the series. Nominated for a Hugo award, it became a New York Times bestseller.

Petersen’s last helming gig was 2006’s “Poseidon” and he has numerous projects in development.

Stuber’s “Your Highness” will be released by Universal in April.

Petersen is repped by CAA.

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