THR reports that Warner Bros. has resurrected their Dirty Dozen remake, a gritty WWII film from 1967 that featured a group of military criminals that are given a chance to commute their sentences if they go on a suicide mission behind enemy lines (sound familiar?).
They’ve reportedly enlisted David Ayer (Fury, Suicide Squad) to write and direct the WWII action flick.
THE DIRTY DOZEN – As D-Day approaches, Colonel Breed hands the roguish Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) an important assignment: He must train a team of soldiers to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German personnel at a French chateau. The soldiers, recruited from murderers, rapists and criminals on death row, are promised commuted sentences. In spite of their history, the 12 men prove a spirited and courageous unit. Led by Major Reisman, they will exact revenge.
The original led by Lee Marvin also included actors such as Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, and a young Donald Sutherland. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that they’ll be able to attract well-known actors for the major roles.
It’s not hard to see why Warner Bros. would pick Ayer given his experience with WWII features via Fury and Suicide Squad is ultimately a comic book take on The Dirty Dozen.
At one time, Guy Ritchie (The Gentleman, Snatch, Aladdin) had been attached to direct with Joel Silver producing until Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (The Dirty Dozen helped inspire the film) sort of took the wind out of their sails and the project was placed on hiatus.
The report fails to mention anything about when they plan to get production up and running on The Dirty Dozen.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER