Disney Tosses Bruckheimer's WWII Project 'Killing Rommel'
Bad news for Jerry Bruckheimer (or maybe it's good?). Deadline is reporting that Disney has decided to "jettison" a project that Bruckheimer had been developing for a few years. Back in 2008 it was announced that he had secured the rights to adapt a World War II novel called Killing Rommel, by Steven Pressfield, about a daring attempt by a British battalion to capture and thwart German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's desert campaign. This decision was made by new Disney chief Rich Ross because "it didn't fit the studio's family-friendly franchise mandate." Well hell, move it somewhere else, this sounds like it'll be awesome!
Apparently the tone of the movie is described as "Mad Max meets The Dirty Dozen, as the the British Long Range Desert Group tricked out their formerly sluggish armored vehicles to outmaneuver the deadly German tanks." Deadline says that several drafts of a script were written by Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers) and author Steven Pressfield, but apparently Disney didn't want to hold on to this project. Deadline isn't sure if he'll take it elsewhere: "The question is whether Bruckheimer takes it elsewhere, since he rarely makes films outside the Magic Kingdom." I have a feeling he will with this one, just because it sounds so unique. We'll let you know when/if we hear anything else about it. Sad to hear?