Disney Tosses Bruckheimer's WWII Project 'Killing Rommel'

June 15, 2010
Source: Deadline

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?

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i dont know this sounds like the kind of project that could be royaly messed up if they got the wrong person to direct it but disney droping it because its not family freindly is like a pimp droping a whore cause it cant rake in $1000 a night

rowdy on Jun 15, 2010


Well Of course Disney doesn't want that. But it sounds like a fun movie. I hope it gets made.

Daniel Felts on Jun 15, 2010


Of course it's not family friendly, they prefer to do that silly teenager movies, that only my youngest cousin likes, nice family entertainement. I read the book and i enjoyet and i belive it will be a great movie if they make a good adaptation and pick a good director.

Nuno on Jun 16, 2010



Evie on Jun 16, 2010


More advocacy by Hollywood of killing Germans. Disgusting. As the jewish Soviet Minister of Propaganda Ilya Ehrenburg said, "...the Germans are not human beings....nothing gives us so much joy as German corpses....Kill the Germans.! Kill all Germans! Kill!Kill!Kill!" When is Hollywood going to produce a movie about jewish mass murders, like Lazar Kaganovich or Genrikh Yagoda? Kaganovich and Yagoda are responsible for the mass murder of millions and millions of Slavic peoples by way of death camps or mass starvation. Where are the movies? Where?

Phil on Jun 16, 2010


cast orlando bloom as a british tank driver and geoffrey rush as rommel and throw in a few zany shenanigans and then disney might want it... but does sound like a great idea, might have to find the book..

harrison on Jun 16, 2010

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