'Old Man's War' books to be adapted as TV series 'Ghost Brigades'

'Old Man's War' books to be adapted as TV series 'Ghost Brigades'

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) --"NeverEnding Story" director Wolfgang Petersen and "Ted" producer Scott Stuber are developing a television series based on John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" books.
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Brad Pitt set for big-screen 'Odyssey'

Brad Pitt set for big-screen 'Odyssey'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio is planning a big-screen adaptation of Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," starring Brad Pitt, Variety.com reported.

'Das Boot' author Buchheim dies

STARNSBERG, Germany, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Lothar-Gunther Buchheim, whose novel "Das Boot" was adapted into a critically acclaimed film, has died of heart failure in Starnsberg at age 89.

Elliott hopes to revisit 'Avenger' role

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Actor Sam Elliott says he would love to revisit the role he plays in the new TNT thriller "Avenger," maybe in another small-screen movie or limited series.

'Poseidon' to debut at Tribeca Film Fest

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- New York's Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday announced the Warner Bros. disaster film, "Poseidon," will make its world premiere during the festival.

Dueling 'Poseidon Adventure' projects

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- A battle is shaping up in Hollywood between two remakes of the 1972 disaster epic "The Poseidon Adventure."

Honors for Jeffrey Katzenberg

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will be honored for excellence in filmmaking at Cinema Expo International in Amsterdam next month.

Bloom worked out for 'Troy' role

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- "Troy" director Wolfgang Petersen said in New York Orlando Bloom worked hard to bulk up once he saw how muscular Eric Bana had gotten for the film.

Director says 'Troy' relevant today

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- Director Wolfgang Petersen says he thinks audiences may see parallels between the conflicts in his new epic "Troy" and the U.S. war in Iraq.

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Wolfgang Petersen
Wolfgang Petersen arrives at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his new movie "Poseiden" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on May 6, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Wolfgang Petersen (born 14 March 1941) is a German film director. He is known for his body of film work, which includes The NeverEnding Story, Outbreak, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy, and Poseidon. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1981 World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot.

Wolfgang Petersen was born in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany during World War II on 14 March 1941. Emden is a small north German community near the Dutch border, where the Ems River flows into the North Sea. From 1953 to 1960, Petersen attended the Johanneum School in Hamburg. In the 1960s he was directing plays at Hamburg's Ernst Deutsch Theater. After studying theater in Berlin and Hamburg, Petersen attended the Film and Television Academy in Berlin (1966–1970). His first film productions were for German television, and it was during his work on the popular German Tatort (Crime Scene) TV series that he first met and worked with the actor Jürgen Prochnow — who would later appear as the U-boat captain in Petersen's famous Das Boot.

One of his first efforts was the 1977 Die Konsequenz, a b/w 16 mm adaptation of Alexander Ziegler's autobiographical novel of pederastic love, a movie considered "one of the best `70s gay dramas." In its time, the film was considered so radical that when first broadcast in Germany, the Bavarian network turned off the transmitters rather than broadcast it.

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