Guy Ritchie Finally Helming a Sgt. Rock Movie?
DC Comics' Sgt. Rock has been a contender for a feature film adaptation for years, and now we finally have an update. Producer Joel Silver recently spoke with Moriarty at AICN and told him that he is (finally) going to get the Sgt. Rock movie made - with Snatch's Guy Ritchie helming. An adaptation of the comic has been in the works for a while, with a script written by John Cox years ago. For those unfamiliar, Sgt. Rock is your regular infantry officer and comic book character first published by DC Comics in 1959. The comics are actually set in WWII, and a previous report confirms that Cox kept the film set during that time, keeping the nostalgic nature of the character. With Guy Ritchie nearly on board, this sounds like it will finally come together all right before G.I. Joe hits.
While it's not official by any means, Silver's response to the mention of Sgt. Rock was: "I'm going to make that. I'm going to make that very soon. With Guy Ritchie, I think." Silver and Ritchie have already been working together on Ritchie's latest British gangster film, RocknRolla. Silver had also mentioned that he was a fan of Ritchie's earlier films and that RocknRolla "is raw, it is funny, it is dark, it is great." But did he really impress him enough to convince him that he was the right guy to finally bring Sgt. Rock to the big screen? Apparently so.
British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver, seems adept at telling intricate British gangster stories more than adapting comics, but maybe he just hasn't had a real opportunity to stretch his legs yet. Apparently Cox's script, set in WWII, will focus on The Rock after he's seen considerable combat and bloodshed, rather than an origin story. I'm actually a big fan of Ritchie and definitely am supportive of him in any venture. If he can handle storytelling like did in Snatch in a WWII comic book movie, then I'm all for it.
Once we finally hear official confirmation on Ritchie's involvement in Sgt. Rock, well be sure to update you. Hopefully this doesn't get delayed any further, because riding on the tails of the G.I. Joe buzz is definitely the way to go. Especially considering G.I. Joe's buzz is quite negative, which means this would be the perfect military comic book film for fans to jump on. Will Ritchie be able to pull off a great WWII film as well as he can pull off great British gangster films? Only time will tell, but I'm definitely in and I've got a feeling this will be one hell of an exciting ride.