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Sgt. Rock leaves the Nazis behind to fight in the future

02.01.2010

You might think that after the success of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, the NAT-zee killin' business would be a-boomin'.

But apparently WWII is so yesterday. The WWII of the future is in... the future!

That's where classic comic character SGT. ROCK is now headed, courtesy of veteran action producer Joel Silver and the movie adaptation's current creative direction.

The DC Comics tough-guy made famous for creating holes in many Germans with his ever-present Tommy gun will no longer be fighting beside his diverse Easy Company unit in the European Theatre of WWII.

"It's a little bit in the future," Silver tells the LA Times' Hero Complex. "As a war movie, it's not going to be 'where it's been,' it's going to be 'where it's going.' We didn't want to do Iraq, we didn't want to do a contemporary war. We wanted to do a sort of futuristic war. It's pretty strong. Chad St. John wrote the script and we've got Francis Lawrence involved in developing it with us. It's not a 'go' movie yet but I'm feeling good about it."

Lawrence (I AM LEGEND) is reportedly eyeballing the director's chair, while St. John recently worked the script for an update of the Sean Connery sci-fi flick OUTLAND.

SGT. ROCK has been kicking around Hollywood for a while, but always with his muddy boots planted firmly in WWII. At one point, Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to play the stogie-chomping hero, while more recently there was discussion of possibly doing it 300-style with digital backgrounds, with Bruce Willis potentially wearing the helmet and three stripes.

And who might be the mysteriously random threat that the post-modern ROCK will face? I'm betting either aliens, hillbillies or rogue domestic appliances.

Extra Tidbit: John Milius (RED DAWN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN) wrote a pretty great SGT. ROCK draft back in the early 90s.
Source: LA Times

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8:43PM on 02/03/2010

Hey, lets ruin another one!

What a stupid concept. This makes it easy to skip as it wouldn't be watching a Sgt. Rock movie.
What a stupid concept. This makes it easy to skip as it wouldn't be watching a Sgt. Rock movie.
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10:28PM on 02/02/2010

Not Even Going To Get Into It...

Just, flat out, a bad frickin' idea. Leave Rock and Easy back in WWII.
Just, flat out, a bad frickin' idea. Leave Rock and Easy back in WWII.
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8:03PM on 02/02/2010
Leave it to DC to F'up another comic franchise.
Leave it to DC to F'up another comic franchise.
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6:49PM on 02/02/2010
A Sgt.Rock movie without him fighting Nazis is like a Superman movie without him flying! what that frack are they thinking!
A Sgt.Rock movie without him fighting Nazis is like a Superman movie without him flying! what that frack are they thinking!
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12:50PM on 02/02/2010

Will never get made

yeah...right. If this does actually make it to production, it will be a flop in theaters. I know because the premise is horrible haha. Not only does the character have little name recognition, theyre changing everything that people do know about sgt. Rock. No way a studio is going to buy this.
yeah...right. If this does actually make it to production, it will be a flop in theaters. I know because the premise is horrible haha. Not only does the character have little name recognition, theyre changing everything that people do know about sgt. Rock. No way a studio is going to buy this.
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9:22AM on 02/02/2010

This just proves it

DC films has no clue what to do with its lesser name brands. Sgt. Rock without Nazi's isn't a movie worth making. period.
DC films has no clue what to do with its lesser name brands. Sgt. Rock without Nazi's isn't a movie worth making. period.
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8:48AM on 02/02/2010
Hate the idea. But Neal McDonough should be Sgt. Rock. He's got the look.
Hate the idea. But Neal McDonough should be Sgt. Rock. He's got the look.
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7:42AM on 02/02/2010
If they want futuristic war, why not use Adam Strange.
If they want futuristic war, why not use Adam Strange.
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4:19AM on 02/02/2010
Ugh. Another Bruce Willis movie? Directed by the guy that gave us the watered down version of I Am Legend? And the '300 style' is already becoming a cliche (a la The Matrix Trinity jump) thanks to Spartacus. No thanks.

Tired of Joel Silver stinking up the potential of good franchises. Maybe he can go make another shitty ghost movie and leave the war movies to someone with some talent, because Silver lost any talent he had back in the 90's.
Ugh. Another Bruce Willis movie? Directed by the guy that gave us the watered down version of I Am Legend? And the '300 style' is already becoming a cliche (a la The Matrix Trinity jump) thanks to Spartacus. No thanks.

Tired of Joel Silver stinking up the potential of good franchises. Maybe he can go make another shitty ghost movie and leave the war movies to someone with some talent, because Silver lost any talent he had back in the 90's.
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2:48AM on 02/02/2010
fail.
fail.
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12:56AM on 02/02/2010
First wasn't Outland a sci-fi remake of High Noon which makes it a remake remake.2nd whats with making Sgt Rock a WW2 film every body loves a dead Nazi.
First wasn't Outland a sci-fi remake of High Noon which makes it a remake remake.2nd whats with making Sgt Rock a WW2 film every body loves a dead Nazi.
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12:41AM on 02/02/2010

This...

has to be the stupidest idea I've heard in a long time. IF you wanna make a futuristic war movie, then make one, but don't call it Sgt. Rock.
has to be the stupidest idea I've heard in a long time. IF you wanna make a futuristic war movie, then make one, but don't call it Sgt. Rock.
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12:29AM on 02/02/2010
Screwin' with another classic comic title.
Screwin' with another classic comic title.
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12:14AM on 02/02/2010
Never heard of him
Never heard of him
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12:07AM on 02/02/2010

GOOD HEAVENS NO!

But you know, while we're at it. Let's get Jared Leto to play SGT. ROCK he's an incredible actor who can hit all those emotional notes that I remember Sarge hitting. Oh wait...
But you know, while we're at it. Let's get Jared Leto to play SGT. ROCK he's an incredible actor who can hit all those emotional notes that I remember Sarge hitting. Oh wait...
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12:01AM on 02/02/2010
Will there be Nazis in the future? There must be, because otherwise Sgt. Rock is pointless. Just make a random war movie.
Will there be Nazis in the future? There must be, because otherwise Sgt. Rock is pointless. Just make a random war movie.
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11:54PM on 02/01/2010

Why?

These sounds like a cool enough idea for a movie, but why bother calling it Sgt. Rock? Once you take away the core elements that are associated with Sgt. Rock, it becomes something else. WWII, Nazis, Thompsons, Sherman Tanks, they're all as much a part of Sgt. Rock as the character himself. This reminds me of that absurd idea that Kevin Smith talks about, when he was approached to make a cape-less, flightless Superman.
These sounds like a cool enough idea for a movie, but why bother calling it Sgt. Rock? Once you take away the core elements that are associated with Sgt. Rock, it becomes something else. WWII, Nazis, Thompsons, Sherman Tanks, they're all as much a part of Sgt. Rock as the character himself. This reminds me of that absurd idea that Kevin Smith talks about, when he was approached to make a cape-less, flightless Superman.
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11:37PM on 02/01/2010

BOOOOOOOOO!

BOOOOOOOOO! Leave him alone, you fucks! Of all the lousy ways to make a buck. BOOOOOOOO!
BOOOOOOOOO! Leave him alone, you fucks! Of all the lousy ways to make a buck. BOOOOOOOO!
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11:36PM on 02/01/2010
I have only the most base idea who Sgt. Rock even is. But it bothers me that a character made famous for killing Nazis in WWII, basically some badass "American Hero" type, won't even be fighting an enemy of America. While it's my opinion we haven't had any truly evil opponents in war since the Nazis (for what they stood for). For that reason I can understand not wanting to put him in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, the Balkans, or Afghanistan, cultural sensitivity included. But the further away from the
I have only the most base idea who Sgt. Rock even is. But it bothers me that a character made famous for killing Nazis in WWII, basically some badass "American Hero" type, won't even be fighting an enemy of America. While it's my opinion we haven't had any truly evil opponents in war since the Nazis (for what they stood for). For that reason I can understand not wanting to put him in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, the Balkans, or Afghanistan, cultural sensitivity included. But the further away from the "Good War" we get, the less room there is to glamorize our troops at the expense of our enemies. Bottom line, I guess, is if you're not gonna have him killing Nazis, why make him this Sgt. Rock?
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