August 05, 2014

John Scalzi's Old Man's War series heading to SyFy

The Hollywood Reporter (via Insty) notes that the "progressive" scifi author's Old Man's War universe is being adapted for the small screen on the SyFy Channel. It'll be titled "Ghost Brigades" after the second novel in the series:

The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films.

Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at 75 enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.

I was initially a big fan of Scalzi and the series ... that is, until two things transpired. First, the author became just like the usual "progressive" comicbook creator cadre on social media. On his blog and elsewhere, Scalzi has no compunction about belittling those with whom he disagrees, which, the majority of the time, happen to be conservatives/Republicans. Like I and many others have informed said comic creators, there's no better way to prevent future additional profits than pissing off a (big) portion of your audience.

Second, while Old Man's War (the first book in the series) was very good, the sequels devolved into the usual "blame the US humans first for all the ills of the planet galaxy" ... the worst being the latest installment, The Human Division.

Irony/Hypocrisy Alert: All those involved in the adaptation of Scalzi's series are ... white males. Why is that, John? What's supposed to be good for everyone else isn't good enough for you?

Posted by Hube at August 5, 2014 05:41 PM | TrackBack

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I am so glad I'm not the only one who went from liking his books to finding them unreadable.

Posted by: Elise at August 5, 2014 05:53 PM

OMW is very good in the Heinleinian tradition of 'Starship Troopers.' However, the downfall quickly begins in 'Ghost Brigades' as the rogue scientist's motivations are due to the Colonial Union.

'The Last Colony' and 'Human Division' are barely readable, with the exception of 'Colony's' ending -- that actually surprised me. And I like surprises.

'Zoe's Tale,' sort of connected to the stories, I couldn't even finish.

Posted by: Hube at August 5, 2014 07:07 PM

I won't read Scalzi's books because of his immature attitude on social media and his role as the culture police in sci-fi fandom. I also paged through his book "Redshirts" while at a Barnes and Noble a while back; it reads like juvenile Star Trek fanfiction. And yet it won a Hugo, of all things. Pathetic. That's what wins a Hugo? Yeesh.

Also, thanks for bringing up Scalzi's hypocrisy; it brought to mind that idiotic essay he wrote a few years ago.

Posted by: Carl at August 5, 2014 10:09 PM

I think I will also pass on this show. I don't know why these writers cannot figure out that they offend at least half of their potential audience....and yet they expect us to want to support them.

Posted by: truthwillwin1 at August 6, 2014 09:40 AM

I'll pass on it for two reasons: (1) I wasn't even as impressed by the first novel as Hube, and it went downhill from there; and (2) even if it were great SF and Scalzi a stand-up guy (neither proposition true), I have absolutely no confidence in TV series about future war.

On the other side of the ledger, I thought Redshirts was interesting, but far too light and derivative to ever have been a legit Hugo contender.

Posted by: Steve Newton at August 6, 2014 07:17 PM

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