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Stephen Norrington Directing 'The Lost Patrol' for Legendary

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January 12, 2010

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Alternate, fantastical takes on established history are something that I greatly enjoy seeing which is one of the reasons I loved Watchmen so much. So I'm happy to see (via THR) Stephen Norrington, of Blade, will write and direct The Lost Patrol, a supernatural action thriller set against the backdrop of World War II, for Legendary Pictures (the awesome production company behind The Dark Knight and so many great WB movies). Norrington was supposed to be preparing a remake of The Crow, which we heard has already started casting, so it sounds like this may be next for him once he finishes that. But it could come first, too.

Even more exciting is the fact that this project isn't an adaptation, but rather a very promising grab from the spec script market, written by newcomer Andrew Hilton. Norrington said the project just nailed all the right "geek-buttons" with a story featuring all kinds of "hardware, heroes, grime, [and] insane monsters." Hopefully this flick fares better than Norrington's other fairly recent alternate take on history, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Can't wait to see how this project comes together. Including hearing what it's actually about, since they were so vague on the plot. As always, stay tuned for more updates as they arrive!

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  • Xerxex
    sounds pretty good.
  • Darunia
    Sounds like someone decided to rip off Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Cody
    Haaa was thinking the same thing #2...why dont they just say the adventures of BJ blaskowics. If they try to sell this as a totally original idea, Ill be pissed.
  • Tuno
    WWII + supernatural monsters = near death of Michael Mann See how Norrington, who is one of Hollywood neglected genre filmmakers, survive this. I love the first BLADE, and A LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN despite its lackluster story. He should be the one doing that PREDATOR reboot....
  • beavis
    this sounds pretty good. and i enjoyed LoEG. it wasn't the best story; but, it was a fun romp with good visuals.
  • I guess I'll follow in suit and say I too liked "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...despite the ho-hum story and pacing. I think it was like the first Hellboy, which was a cinematic testing of the waters for a sequel/franchise. Norrigton should be able to pull this off, he's got a knack for great visuals and maybe, just maybe, this will be the closest thing to, as @2 said, a "Wolfenstein" picture without actually being one. Though you have to admit, WWII and sci-fi (esp Wolfenstein) is nothing new. Fans just love the idea of it and that's what helped make Indiana Jones and Hellboy and yes Wolfenstein so popular. Sounds to be in the same vein as Outpost, but maybe it will be more successful. Keep us posted Ethan!
  • Saddam was innocent
    Oh wonderful. Another film about our military getting it's ass whooped by peasants. Just peachy.

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