May 21, 2012

SPECULATION: Barry Sonnenfeld Directing 'SGT. ROCK'?

CBM got a quote from MIB3 director Barry Sonnenfeld stating he's in early talks with Warner Bros. to possibly direct another comic book franchise. He doesn't name the project or even if it's a DC Comics property. Warner Bros. is looking to amp up their productions of superhero films with the hopes to complete with the sheer volume of Marvel projects. There is a project Barry could be referring to in his vague statement.

"You know, I'm talking to Warner Bros. about doing a franchise based on a comic that hasn't been around since the 60s. But it's too early to talk about it. But possibly, yes."

If he intends this to be an adaptation of comic from the 60's it's possible he could talking about Sgt. Rock. Originally, producer Joel Silver had tapped Arnold Schwarzenegger to star with scripts from David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys), John Milius (Dirty Harry, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn, Conan The Barbarian), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Man On Fire, Bourne Supremacy) all making the rounds. Guy Ritchie would also get involved as a possible director with John Cox handling a new screenplay. Ritchie would exit to focus on the Sherlock Holmes films. A recent update from Silver suggested that they were going to re-tool the project changing the WWII setting to a futuristic sci-fi actioner. It's likely the Nazis would be replaced with villainous aliens which seems right up Sonnenfeld's alley.

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