Action impresario Joel Silver is set to produce a remake of "The Dirty Dozen" for Warner Bros.
According to Variety, the new "Dozen" will be financed through Warners and Village Roadshow Pictures with Silver producing along with Susan Downey.
Scott Rosenberg, who already channeled a healthy dose of "The Dirty Dozen" on "Con Air," will write the updated script along with "Alias" veterans Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
It turns out that "Dirty Dozen" wasn't even the remake that the trio wanted to do. Rosenberg, Appelbaum and Nemec had written a fresh version of the 1986 Alan Smithee film "Let's Get Harry." That script has yet to find a home, but Silver ("Lethal Weapon," "The Matrix") liked the look of that screenplay enough to pass this higher profile remake down the pike.
The 1967 original, directed by Robert Aldrich, focused on a group of 12 hardened prisoners trained by an Army major (Lee Marvin) for the most dangerous of missions in WWII Germany. The film's all-star cast included Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan, George Kennedy, John Cassavetes, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown and the immortal Ernest Borgnine.
Quotes in the Variety article would seem to indicate that the new "Dirty Dozen" will be modernized. No additional specifics or timetables are discussed.
Silver, whose "V for Vendetta" opens this Friday (March 17), has a "Logan's Run" remake on the horizon, as well as "The Visiting," which is being described as a reimagining of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" rather than an outright remake.
Silver Thinks America Needs a New 'Dozen'
Classic World War II-based drama will get a fresh spin courtesy of Joel Silver