David Ayer's WWII Tank Combat Spec Story 'Fury' Lands QED Deal
Dang, this sounds cool. Over the years I've been growing to like David Ayer more and more. I hated his first film, Harsh Times, and Street Kings was okay, but I really enjoyed End of Watch last year (enough to even put it in my Top 20). I'm curious to see his new action movie Ten with Arnold (we teased a first look last year) but besides that, his next project after that sounds right down my alley. Deadline is reporting that QED has picked up a WWII tank combat spec script written by Ayer called Fury, and apparently the project has Ayer attached to direct as well. Everything about this sounds badass, I'm already looking forward to it.
Fury, written by former US Navy submariner and LAPD officer turned writer/filmmaker David Ayer, is set in 1945 during the final days of the war as the Nazi regime is collapsing. It follows a "five man crew of an American tank called Fury [that] battles a desperate German army." Deadline quotes Ayer explaining that his goal is to "bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience." Oh hell yes. I want to see this now.
The deal is to develop. Bill Block's QED International (which has made films like The Lucky Ones, District 9, A Perfect Getaway, Alex Cross, Ten) paid $1 million for Fury, with Ayer attached as writer and director. QED will produce with John Lesher at Le Grisbi Productions. Ethan Smith, Bill Block and John Lesher are producing, and Deadline says they're aiming for a fall production start. It sounds like everyone is excited for this. QED's Block reiterates praise: "Fury is not your father's WWII movie, it digs deep into the complexities of battlefield heroism." This could turn out awesome, and I'm anxious to follow its development already.