Paramount taps scribe for adaptation of John Scalzi's sci-fi novel

Paramount Pictures has tapped Chris Boal to rewrite “Old Man’s War,” an adaptation of John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel that Wolfgang Petersen is attached to direct and produce alongside Scott Stuber of Bluegrass Films.

Story follows a 75-year old man who, having lost the love of his life, is agrees to trade his old carcass for a younger, genetically-enhanced body so that he can join a military coalition sent to protect human colonies in outer space. Injured in battle, he’s rescued by a woman who appears to be a younger version of his wife, and while she doesn’t recognize him, he decides to abandon his unit and risk everything to be with her.

Back in Feb. 2011, “Road to Perdition” scribe David Self was hired to adapt “Old Man’s War,” the first title in a bestselling series that spans four books.

Kim Miller will exec produce the pic, while Bluegrass exec Alexa Faigen (“Safe House”) will serve as associate producer.

“Old Man’s War” is expected to be Petersen’s first film since WB’s 2006 actioner “Poseidon,” which grossed only $60 million stateside.

A former playwright and emerging screenwriter, Boal was red-hot last summer when he sold a pair of pitches to Warner Bros., including a Viking-themed pic that “True Blood” thesp Alexander Skarsgard agreed to topline and produce with Atlas Entertainment. The other project is a sweeping epic about Roman general Julius Caesar, which Jonathan Liebesman is onboard to direct for Thunder Road. Boal previously penned the play “23 Knives,” which concerns Caesar’s autopsy. He also directed and produced the behind-the-scenes footage for the DVD release of “The Hurt Locker,” which was written by his brother, Mark Boal.

Boal is repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Sean Marks.

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