Oscar-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One) and Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted) are set to develop Ghost Brigades, based on John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War book series, Syfy said today. Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both currently developing Winter’s Knight for Columbia Pictures) have been signed to write the pilot.

Ghost Brigades, the Image (3) syfy1__130821213410.jpg for post 721977sequel to Old Man’s War, follows John Perry, who enlists at 75 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 center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.

Universal Cable Productions is producing the series for the network, along with Petersen’s Radiant Productions and Stuber’s Bluegrass Films.