A few years back, Guy Ritchie came aboard the long-gestating Sgt. Rock movie before putting the adaptation on the back burner while he focused on Sherlock Holmes. Now, even as the trailer premieres for the Sherlock Holmes sequel A Game of Shadows, Twitch reports the director may be turning his attention again to the DC Comics war hero.
That means Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine), who was brought in by producer Joel Silver in 2010, is no longer involved. It also apparently means the story will return to its original World War II setting.
While Ritchie had been excited by the era and the genre, Silver told Hero Complex in 2010, after the director’s departure, that the story would take place in the future. “It’s a little bit in the future,” Silver said at the time. “As a war movie, it’s not going to be ‘where it’s been,’ it’s going to be ‘where it’s going.’ We didn’t want to do Iraq, we didn’t want to do a contemporary war. We wanted to do a sort of futuristic war.”
According to Twitch, Warner Bros. and Silver “have now put Sgt. Rock back in Ritchie’s court,” with the director already supervising a draft of the screenplay with the character fighting Germans in World War II.
Created in 1959 by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, Sgt. Frank Rock and his Easy Company appeared regularly in DC comics for three decades. Since the end of his monthly title in 1988, the character has popped up occasionally in specials, graphic novels and miniseries, and has made the leap to television as a guest star on episodes of the animated Justice League and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Sgt. Rock’s grandson will star in the upcoming Men of War title, debuting in September as part of DC’s line-wide relaunch.
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