It was only yesterday that I told you David Peoples was working on the script for Ridley Scott’s Forever War. That news came direct from Joe Haldeman, author of the original book from which the screenplay will be derived. It seems, however, that Haldeman was a bit behind and Peoples has already been replaced on the project.
According to Deadline, the new writer on the project is Matthew Michael Carnahan, brother of A-Team director Joe, screenwriter of The Kingdom, and the last man to have a bash at adapting World War Z.
I’d call this a significant step down. Carnahan’s scripts, for all of their positive qualities, haven’t come anywhere near the calibre of Peoples’ work. Who made this curious switch, I wonder? Joe’s A-Team film, incidentally, was a Scott Free production.
Haldeman thought the film was up to screenplay draft four. I guess this means they’re up to at least five. How many drafts did Alexander Mackendrick say we could expect a great film to have had? Around five, wasn’t it?
By the way – the bulk of Deadline’s story is a report on how Tony Scott now has to choose which of three films to make next: an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate with Shia LaBoeuf; undercover cop-in-a-biker-gang drama Hells Angels with… er… Shia LaBouef and Mickey Rourke; and Potzdamer Platz, a crime syndicate yarn with… Mickey Rourke.
I’d go with Hells Angels, Tony, if only because it has a Scott Frank screenplay. You’re welcome.