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Warner Bros. Getting Guy Ritchie to Take on 'Sgt. Rock' Movie Again?

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July 12, 2011
Source: Twitch

Sgt. Rock

Over three years ago Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie was linked to an adaptation of the DC Comics property Sgt. Rock, a comic book about a hardcore infantry officer fighting in World War II. However, last we heard about the long gestating adaptation from 2009 was that I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence was taking over the project, but would take the character into the future in order to avoid feeling dated and out of touch with contemporary issues. Well, now Twitch has learned Warner Bros. wants Ritchie back on the project and hopes set it up as his next feature after finishing up Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

And the good news is Ritchie is apparently already supervising a new draft of the screenplay which will actually retain the original setting and has Sgt. Rock facing off against German troops back in WWII. Years ago, relatively inexperienced writer John Cox was behind the script which was said to have our hero focus on Rock after he's seen considerable combat and bloodshed, rather than starting with origin story like most comic book films nowadays. It's not clear whether his script is still being used in any capacity, or if an entirely new script has been written. Either way, this is good news for fans of Sgt. Rock and those who have wanted to see Ritchie take on a comic book film for awhile.

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  • Bcopes11
    not familiar with the story but sounds very intersting..i love guy ritchie. anyone familiar with sgt rock have any ideas who could play the lead?
  • Mmh
    I foresee another "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" clone only in WWII scenery
  • Xerxexx
    get it done, Ritchie! 
  • jah p
    I've wanted a Sgt. Rock movie for a long time...I still have some of his older comics...
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I've been waiting to for a Sgt. Rock movie all my life. Ritchie would not have been my first choice but I think he'll do it justice. After Inglorious Bastards, Tarantino became the perfect choice for Rock. For those not familiar with Sgt. Rock, expect some of the best in your face WWII battle scenes eve filmed. Picture the battles scenes from Private Ryan, only on crack. Sgt. Rock and the men of Easy Company are bad ass mother fuckers!  Too bad Arnold is too old but Xavier Bardem would make a good Rock.
    • grimjob
      Damn. "Picture the battles scenes from Private Ryan, only on crack." That would be a hell of a movie! I'm not familiar with Sgt. Rock, but I'm sold!
  • harm
    I love Sgt Rock!  This would be an awesome movie - especially directed by Guy Ritchie.  Although I'm not sure I want him to do this, rather than LOBO which I haven't heard any movement on since he went to Game of Shadows. Regarding the style of movie - "Lock Stock" in WW2 doesn't seem quite right - but I could seem some Kelly's Hero's style humor.  That said who'd play a good Rock?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Rock I'm thinking some big guy - and I DON'T want to see Vin Diesel or (groan) The Rock playing him.  But a big guy.  He's supposed to be a tank.  I was thinking Chris Hemsworth (dude was huge in THOR).  Maybe Sam Worthington?  He's got the physique. 
  • Lebowski
    Hopefully they take their inspiration from the (relatively) recent Between Hell and a Hard Place, which is goddamn superb. Azzarello did such a great job on the story and setting. Richie is probably a good bet, but I wonder how he would handle the more serious aspects of the comics, since his films are mostly pretty loose and funny. 
  • Anonymous
    I remember sgt.rock when I was younger.curious choice I'm next dc project. Why not guy ritchie and the flash?
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kirk-Watson/100000571987530 Kirk Watson
    its about time!!!!!    SGT ROCK  i have every comic book ever  he was like nothing else    all american  when nothing else worked   rock and easy company got it done  he was my biggest HERO  
  • Protoseven
    Awesome news, keeping it WWII is the way to go, how could Rock and Easy Co. be in the future? Ive been waiting for a Sgt Rock movie since forever, get it done and get it done right!!!!!!!!

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