John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is finally being taken into a visual medium. Per a report over at Deadline, everyone’s favorite streaming company, Netflix, has picked up an option to turn the slice of military sci-fi fun into a full-length feature film. Scalzi talks about it extensively over on his blog, Whatever.
I first read Old Man’s War a few years ago and became an instant fan of Scalzi’s accessible, fun and humorous writing. Old Man’s War itself reads like an irreverent version of a Heinlein novel and spawned several sequels: The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The Human Division and The End of All Things. Scalzi weaves an interesting and fun tale with this series, beginning with an almost Starship Troopers “kill all the aliens” style and ending with political intrigue and diplomacy in the third book.
The Human Division took the story in another direction entirely, set up as a series of episodes a la TV. Originally released individually on Kindle, the stories were collected in a paperback for easy access and consumption. The End of All Things is a series of four novellas making up the final chapter of the story. Zoe’s Tale recaps the events of The Last Colony through the eyes of Perry’s daughter Zoe.
As a Scalzi fan (check out my review of his short story collection, Miniatures, here), this comes as exciting news. Now, we just need a Redshirts TV series…