After a brief detour into comic book movies with 2017’s Suicide Squad, David Ayer seems to be returning to the kinds of movies he is best known for in the near future. It is unclear if his Gotham City Sirens movie is still in development at Warner Brothers, but in the meantime, he seems to be filling up his schedule with other projects. His next movie, The Tax Collector, is an L.A.-set crime drama and is currently in post-production. Now this week we are hearing that he is lining up a WWII movie that, much like Fury, will feature tank battles. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, David Ayer is in talks to direct El-Alamein for Lionsgate, based on the series of WWII battles in North Africa in 1942. The script was originally written by David Self (Road to Perdition, Thirteen Days) with the most recent draft penned by James Coyne (Sherlock Holmes 3). Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are on board as producers along with Thomas Augsberger.
After the Germans advanced on Egypt, the British Eighth Army fought to maintain control of the Suez Canal, the Middle East and valuable oil resources with the help of Australian and New Zealand forces. This movie seems like it could be a much larger scale than Fury with hundreds of armoured units involved (and casualties in the tens of thousands). It is unclear what kind of budget Ayer is working with but the movie is expected to start production in early 2020. Are you looking forward to another WWII tank movie from David Ayer?