Producer Joel Silver has been struggling to bring WWII comic book hero Sgt. Rock to the big screen for almost 20 years now, with the script undergoing a ton of rewrites and people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis once under consideration to star. This week it looks like he has finally managed to convince Warner Brothers to back the movie, although he may be forced to make some compromises in order to get it off the ground.
Heat Vision reports that I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence has signed on to helm the film, taking over for Guy Ritchie who was previously attached (he has since moved on to direct Lobo). The latest draft of the script was written by Chad St. John, who also penned the upcoming remake of Outland. Akiva Goldsman will co-produce with Silver.
Now, here’s the thing that’s going to worry Sgt. Rock fans: apparently they are taking it out of a World War II setting and moving it to the future (it’s unclear if that means modern day, or some fictional sci-fi war). I guess I can understand period war movies being a tough sell to studios, but after the success of Inglourious Basterds, shouldn’t this be the perfect time to keep it set in WWII? I’m not sure how much weight the name Sgt. Rock carries nowadays, but I would think this move could potentially alienate a lot of people. Thoughts? Who would you like to see as Sgt. Rock?