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SGT. ROCK film moving forward…into the future

Adam Reed

by: Adam Reed
November 12th, 2009

Sgt. Rock

"Sgt. Rock" has been one of those DC comics that has been on the back burner to get the film treatment for some time now. The franchise is quite rich in potential, but for some reason, no one has been able to get the ball rolling. Producer Joel Silver (the MATRIX trilogy and just about every other movie ever) has been the one man that has refused to give up on this comic-to-film adaptation. He has hired writers aplenty to get the story right (Brian Helgeland, John Milius, David Peoples, Jeffrey Boam, Steven De Souza, John Cox, Danny Bilson, and Paul De Meo.) You would think one of those guys would be able to configure a working screen formula, but instead, they all failed at giving the studio what they desired.

Well, after all these years of tirelessly striving to get this film going, it looks like Silver has found his light at the end of the tunnel, or his silver lining on the cloud, if you will.

Joel Silver has hired Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND) to direct the SGT. ROCK adaptation. He has also scrounged up writer Chad St. John (OUTLAND) to pen the script. Along with the newly acquired team members, Silver has also decided to add some new quirks to the SGT. ROCK storyline, most notably, the time frame.

As many of our older readers already know, the comic "Sgt. Rock" follows said sergeant and his Easy Company through their action-packed World War II adventures. The DC Comic was a hit for close to 11 years, spanning from 1977 to 1988. Sgt. Rock, the character, was a cigar-chomping, trigger-pulling, butt-kicking soldier, and his patriotism was contagious. His group has been likened to THE DIRTY DOZEN, and more recently, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS.

Well, due to the climate of society the last twenty years or so, no studio wanted any part of "Sgt. Rock" and his ban of gun-wielding soldiers. One would think that the recent success of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS would help plead Silver's case to get the adaptation green-lit, but for some reason, that was still not enough. So, in an unforeseen move, Silver and company have decided to change the timeline of when the story takes place. No longer will we see Sgt. Rock battling the Axis Powers, but instead Rock and Easy Company will be time-traveling to the future.

That's right. The SGT. ROCK film adaptation will be set in the future. There is no word on exactly how far in the future we are talking about, but what we do know is that WWII will no longer be a factor in the film. Could we see Sgt. Rock popping caps in E.T.'s ass? I guess only time will tell.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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