Scott tackles Joe Haldeman’s sci-fi classic

Ridley Scott is planning to make it into his first sci-fi flick since ” Blade Runner” and “Alien”

Scott will adapt Haldeman’s 1974 novel “The Forever War”. The book revolves around a soldier who battles an enemy in deep space for only a few months, only to return home to a planet he doesn’t recognize some 20 years laterr.

Scott had intended to follow his earlier sci-fi works with “The Forever War,” but rights complications delayed his plans for more than two decades:

“I first pursued ‘Forever War’ 25 years ago, and the book has only grown more timely and relevant since,” Scott told the reporter. “It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise.”

The film will be produced by Scott Free. Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza will executive produce. Their company, Created By, represents Haldeman and spent the last decade trying to get back the rights.