John Scalzi’s epic science fiction novel Old Man’s War is coming to the big screen, and has a big name attached to direct it.

Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has bought the rights to Old Man’s War, the first in a four-book series by Scalzi, and has attached Wolfgang Petersen as the director. Petersen’s last film, 2006’s Poseidon, didn’t exactly rock anyone’s boat, but the man’s previous credits include both blockbusters and solid action thrillers like Troy, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, In The Line of Fire and the classic World War II German submarine drama that put him on the map, Das Boot.

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