Zak Penn Rewriting a Dirty Dozen Remake
Screenwriter and filmmaker Zak Penn, who's almost always in the news for something usually comic book related, has popped up again, this time rewriting a remake of The Dirty Dozen for Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. The classic 1967 action film starred Lee Marvin as a major who conscripts twelve condemned soldier-prisoners for a dangerous mission in WWII. Following that trend that 2008 is the year of the return of WWII movies, this is a rewrite of an original remake script that would contemporize the storyline.
Would this remake work? Or is it yet another washed out remake that no one will look forward to. It's almost too classic to remake, but maybe Zak Penn will bring the right touch to the script and improve it into something that will be a truly worthwhile remake.
In addition to this remake, there are a number of other WWII movies in the works for the next few years, including: Bryan Singer's Valkyrie, Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards, Edward Zwick's Defiance, Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, David Goyer's new Invisible Man, and even the X-Men spin-off Magneto.