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Syfy Adapting Futuristic Military Drama 'Ghost Brigades' (Exclusive)(John Scalzi book series)
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/5/2014 | Lesley Goldberg

Posted on 08/05/2014 1:01:24 PM PDT by jalisco555

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: entertainment; military; sciencefiction
If done right this could be terrific. I know Scalzi is a left-winger but this book series was terrific fun to read.
1 posted on 08/05/2014 1:01:24 PM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555

“However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman...”

Let me guess, the twist is that a different 75-year old man had his consciousness transplanted into the young woman’s body?


2 posted on 08/05/2014 1:05:52 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: jalisco555

Every article from the Hollywood Reported should be posted in Chat.


3 posted on 08/05/2014 1:06:06 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: upchuck
Every article from the Hollywood Reported should be posted in Chat.

Seriously? Is this policy?

4 posted on 08/05/2014 1:07:36 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Boogieman

eewww

disgusting


5 posted on 08/05/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: jalisco555

Can I set my DVR now? ;)


6 posted on 08/05/2014 1:13:28 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: jalisco555

Bummer. ScyFi has a terrible track record creating watchable content. The books were good though.


7 posted on 08/05/2014 1:15:51 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: jalisco555

I agree that this could be great, or a disaster. Scifi had a hit back in the day with Galactica. They were ahead of the current game for quality series, but lost their way bigtime with all the wrestling and reality nonsense. Talk has been that they want back in the game.


8 posted on 08/05/2014 1:17:18 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Boogieman

They will pervert this thing up somehow


9 posted on 08/05/2014 1:19:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Boogieman
Let me guess, the twist is that a different 75- year old man had his consciousness transplanted into the young woman’s body?

Surprisingly enough, no.

10 posted on 08/05/2014 1:20:12 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: Boogieman

The old man has his consciousness transplanted into a genetically modified version of his young self that is optimized for combat.


11 posted on 08/05/2014 1:21:09 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: SteveH

The books are freaking awesome.


12 posted on 08/05/2014 1:22:10 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: All

Very good books. Scalzi’s book Redshirts is a great read also and I think is being developed for TV.


13 posted on 08/05/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: jalisco555
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.

Who find themselves in weekly battles against the likes of SyFy's usual host of sharktopuses, pteracudas, ice spiders, dinocrocs and other CGI destructo machines.
14 posted on 08/05/2014 1:22:46 PM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: jalisco555

No, just a common sense suggestion.


15 posted on 08/05/2014 1:26:07 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: jalisco555
I liked the first book, but the series steadily goes down hill as his leftist views increasingly color his writing. It seems that fantasy and Sci-Fi are dominated by liberals these days.

I always wonder how people write stories about characters that fight (real) oppression, use weapons, are self-disciplined, skilled, responsible, moral and ethical, yet expouse liberals ideals which are contrary to everything they have written.

At least there is Larry Correia.

16 posted on 08/05/2014 1:27:13 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

I always wonder how people write stories about characters that fight (real) oppression, use weapons, are self-disciplined, skilled, responsible, moral and ethical, yet expouse liberals ideals which are contrary to everything they have written.


Remember Jack Nicholson’s character in “As Good as it Gets”? When he summarized how he was able to write his female characters so well?

Perhaps liberal SciFy authors manage to reverse the process?


17 posted on 08/05/2014 1:32:27 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: jalisco555

On the surface sounds like a cross between Azimov’s Foundation and Heinlein’s Lazarus Long. I’d rather watch those.


18 posted on 08/05/2014 1:41:45 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jalisco555

Defiance isn’t bad, i may have to watch this....


19 posted on 08/05/2014 1:42:14 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Durus
I liked the first book, but the series steadily goes down hill...

(No leftist involvement) but it sounds like my reading of Herbert's Dune series. The second one was barely readable and I could never finished the third.

20 posted on 08/05/2014 1:46:27 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

All new literature borrows from the past.

Neither Foundation nor Lazarus Long are being optioned for TV so that is not an option.

BTW John Scalzi acknowledges both Azimov and Heinlein as inspiration.


21 posted on 08/05/2014 1:46:51 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: papertyger

Darn, I was sure that would be the “modern” twist ending, and then the author would moralize about how evil we all were by being shocked by the scenario.

Maybe I should write that story, the lefties would slop it up.


22 posted on 08/05/2014 1:46:54 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Perdogg

Ping


23 posted on 08/05/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Reaganez

A liberal acknowledging Heinlein? He must of took “stranger in a strange land” as hippy succor.


24 posted on 08/05/2014 1:51:25 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

He has said Orson Scott Card is his favorite author.

He called Card’s ability to retell Ender’s Game story through the eyes of a second character,Bean, in Ender’s Shadow truly masterful. He did it in new interesting ways that simply did not regurgitate the first novel.


25 posted on 08/05/2014 1:57:28 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Durus

Not just Larry: most of the Baen stable of authors are conservatives.

The obvious examples:
John Ringo
Ton Kratman
Sarah Hoyt

and Michael Z. “Mad Mike” Williamson is a small-l libertarian and RKBA enthusiast. . .

Also, Baen recently signed Brad Torgersen: if you haven’t read him, you’re in for a treat. . .


26 posted on 08/05/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: Boogieman
Darn, I was sure that would be the “modern” twist ending, and then the author would moralize about how evil we all were by being shocked by the scenario.

Don't give up hope yet.

I was pretty impressed (negatively) at how they brought Heinlein's "line marriage" concept into the thinly veiled Mormon universe of Battlestar's "Caprica."

27 posted on 08/05/2014 2:02:04 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: Vaquero
" it sounds like my reading of Herbert's Dune series. The second one was barely readable and I could never finished the third."

Kind of like my experience with Orsen Card and the "Ender's Game" series. Gave up on the third one.

Dunno why writers go soft and drifty like that. Even Heinlein was bad about that.

28 posted on 08/05/2014 2:03:34 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Vaquero
A liberal acknowledging Heinlein?

*picks self up off the floor*
29 posted on 08/05/2014 2:03:50 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Reaganez
He did it in new interesting ways that simply did not regurgitate the first novel.

Sadly, I can not agree. The only appreciable difference I could find in "Zoe's Tale" was a new slate of one-liners.

30 posted on 08/05/2014 2:06:12 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: jalisco555

Two weekends ago I read “Agent to the Stars”’ and loved it. Just reserved “”Old Man’s War” from the library, can’t wait to read that.


31 posted on 08/05/2014 2:08:29 PM PDT by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder ")
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To: Boogieman

Not even close...


32 posted on 08/05/2014 2:09:22 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Reaganez

I have never read that who you speak of. I am behind on my SciFi reading about 30-40 years, though at one time that is all I read.

I did see Enders game. Probably the worst tripe of seen in a few years.


33 posted on 08/05/2014 2:09:26 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: doorgunner69
Dunno why writers go soft and drifty like that. Even Heinlein was bad about that.

I liked the continuing adventures of Lazarus Long. But I can see where it got a bit soft. Now the foundation trilogy by Azimov was great.... But the later # 4 and 5 were way poor. And AC Clarke squeezed a drop too much from Rama, I do believe.

34 posted on 08/05/2014 2:16:41 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jalisco555

They ought to start with Old Man’s War, though.


35 posted on 08/05/2014 2:17:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Vaquero

I loved Time Enough for Love and To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Heinlein.


36 posted on 08/05/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Vaquero

Ender’s Game is a fantastic book.

Required reading at the US Naval Academy.

It is about the isolation of military command and how Ender deals with it. At the top of military command you have subordinates below and political leadership above but no real colleagues you can discuss things with.

Ender’s Game the movie sucked big time.

They only took a few action sequences from the book and strung them together with sparse dialogue.

Tough to get all that story line into 2 plus hours. Would have done much better as a TV series on cable.

BTW Orson Scott Card has said so called “gay marriage” is an intrinsic evil and any government that supports it is his enemy.


37 posted on 08/05/2014 2:23:16 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They are starting at the beginning.

They called it “Ghost Brigades” because that test better with 18-49 year olds than “Old Man’s War.” It is just marketing. It is sexier.


38 posted on 08/05/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Reaganez

Then if they do it justice, it will be a great movie.


39 posted on 08/05/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Durus

... and Tom Kratman and John Ringo.


40 posted on 08/05/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Reaganez

Might give it a try. Thanks


41 posted on 08/05/2014 2:31:14 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ghost Brigades will be a TV Series.

The linked article is not very clear if it is a movie or tv series but Scalzi on his site is quite clear.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/


42 posted on 08/05/2014 2:32:28 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Durus

“At least there is Larry Correia.”

Also John C. Wright.

Freegards


43 posted on 08/05/2014 2:35:35 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Grimmy

Ringo’s new “Dark Isles” series reads like he had a screenplay in mind!!!!!


44 posted on 08/05/2014 2:47:21 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: Grimmy

:tries to envision Paladin of Shadows on television:

:fails:

I want a 1632 miniseries, myself....


46 posted on 08/05/2014 3:00:10 PM PDT by Eepsy
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To: Durus
I always wonder how people write stories about characters that fight (real) oppression, use weapons, are self-disciplined, skilled, responsible, moral and ethical, yet expouse liberals ideals which are contrary to everything they have written.

It's not that hard to understand. Liberals, by nature, are despotic, though they like to think of themselves, philosophically, more as benign dictators.

As such, they have a romantic attraction to the notion of characters who are compelled, constrained, or otherwise in servitude to a doctrine, discipline, or social construct...as long as it's not them!

In short, they LOVE the idea of a world were they can play benevolent deity to a cast of rigorously structured chess pieces.

47 posted on 08/06/2014 3:20:01 AM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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