So Twitch says that Guy Ritchie’s got his eyes back on SGT. ROCK now that he’s wrapped up the latest SHERLOCK HOLMES flick. Though he’d circled around an adaptation a few years back, it’d seemed like he was going to direct a Warren Ellis-scripted remake of EXCALIBUR once he wrapped up his affairs with Holmes and Watson. Now, the battle plan’s back in action, like a night time covert op, and the immediate picture conjured in my mind is of something akin to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS with more cheeky British humor.
Maybe. Maybe not. We’ll see eventually, perhaps.
Years ago, I remember reading some magazine article about a SGT. ROCK movie that almost-but-didn’t happen in the 90s. Supposedly, development had been going on for a few months, but then SAVING PRIVATE RYAN came out and its plot was too similar to what was in the unproduced screenplay. I guess Rock was going to try to rescue an infantryman whose brothers had all been killed in combat? Deeper exploration of the subject may have to be saved for another iteration of “Superhero Movies That Could’ve Been.” However, I'll say that it it was weird to picture Nic Cage as Superman, just try to imagine Schwarzenegger as the all-American hero of Easy Company. That was, indeed, one of the many permutations that’ve been in development for a SGT. ROCK movie. Another was a version that transplanted the combat into a war-plagued future but Twitch assures that Ritchie's bringing the action back to the big red one.