If you are unfamiliar with The Dirty Dozen from 1967 you are actually missing a great flick. The film was originally based on the E.M. Nathanson novel which was inspired by an actual group called the Filthy Thirteen. The Dirty Dozen takes place prior to D-Day while Lee Marvin’s character, Major Reisman, is given the mission of training a group to cross enemy lines and assassinate German officials. The catch? The soldiers being trained were former criminals: rapists, murderers, and other men headed for Death Row. Of course, they come around to make quite the team, which leads to pardons for those who survive the mission.
Deadline reported that Warner Brothers has called on David Ayer to write and direct the remake with Simon Kinberg producing. This obviously isn’t the first time Ayer has dealt with this scenario as he directed 2016’s Suicide Squad and actually made the comparison between the films five years ago when speaking to We Got This Covered.
“I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”
It’s like he was looking into the future. Anyways, Deadline went on to give the remaining minimal details regarding the film at this stage:
“Ayer will take the men on a mission story and inject his own voice into the mix. It will be contemporary with a multi-cultural diverse cast. It is in Ayer’s wheelhouse in that it harkens back to the spirit of some of his earlier scripts, including the first The Fast and the Furious, and Training Day. That will be the tone here, I’ve heard. Ayer will be rewriting a script, one done by Marco Ramirez. This is a fast tracked movie that the studio wants to make sometime in 2020. The hope is that this will be Ayer’s next movie.”
Are you a fan of The Dirty Dozen? What are your thoughts on Ayer taking over the reins? Is he the right person to make the film its own while keeping the essence of the original? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!
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