Mini ‘War’ coming to Sci Fi

F/x whiz Edlund taking 'Forever'

Visual effects guru Richard Edlund, Sci Fi Channel and Alliance Atlantis have enlisted in “The Forever War.”

The trio is developing a four-hour mini based on the sci-fi classic by Joe Haldeman. Deal marks the first project Edlund has set up via his production shingle, Richard Edlund Films.

Edlund’s company also has four features in development:

  • “Occupied,” a pic set in occupied Japan, for which a script is nearly complete.

  • “Gracia Samurai,” an epic project, currently in treatment form, that takes place in Japan in 1580.

  • Michael Fulmer-penned “The Kings of Slag,” a character piece that Edlund is eyeing as a directing vehicle.

  • “Three Pairs,” an ensemble romantic comedy based on an original idea by Edlund.

Edlund, who has had the rights to Haldeman’s book for about a decade, and scribe John Fasano are developing “Forever War” with Alliance Atlantis and Sci Fi. Project is a love story in a time-travel context.

Edlund, a four-time Academy Award winner for visual effects (the original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), will exec produce and serve as visual f/x supervisor.

ICM packaged the project, which Edlund said would likely go into pre-production in about five months. Project will probably preem sometime next year on Sci Fi, which has made a push of late to create tentpole events with minis.

“The four-hour format will enable us to do justice to the richness of a book that has so many fans,” Edlund said in a statement announcing the project.

Edlund founded Boss Film, which under his 14-year leadership created images for “Ghostbusters,” “Die Hard,” “Ghost,” “Cliffhanger,” “Air Force One” and “Bedazzled.”

“Since I’ve kind of been there and done that in the visual effects business, I’ve wanted to get involved in the filmmaking business myself, and now I’ve gotten myself some time to do that,” he told Daily Variety.