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Punisher 2 sucks?

02.18.2008

Punisher The upcoming PUNISHER: WAR ZONE was supposed to be a reboot of "The Punisher" cinematic franchise that did what the first one apparently didn't - that is, do the comic on which it's based justice and not suck. Our horror aficionado buddies at "Arrow in the Head", however, recently discovered a blog by one of the film's former writers, Kurt Sutter, mentioning in not so many words that the film does the exact opposite - that is, sucks major donkey balls. Says Sutter:

" I took my name off the movie for a few reasons. The obvious reason is because I didn't deserve credit. There was very little of my draft that stayed in the shooting script. The one big one they kept, was the set piece where we see how Russo becomes Jigsaw. It's pretty brutal. Glad they kept that. The other reason I removed my name is because I didn't want credit. My pitch, my vision, for the Punisher franchise was something much different… The final script…was the perfect comic book formula -- simple story, very obvious dialog and the inclusion of as many characters from the anthology that a movie will allow."

He backtracks a little in a future update stating that he didn't want to seem to be insulting other credited writers on the film, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, but eventually grows a pair and states in a recent update: "I will conclude with this. I am not apologizing for removing my name from this project. I do not want to be associated with this movie. I am not apologizing for my comments on the script. They are my opinion, my truth." Read all his comments on the film over HERE. Ray Stevenson, as revenge-fueled Frank Castle, takes on the disfigured Jigsaw on September 12th.

Extra Tidbit: Nick Santora is also a credited writer on the film.

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