Sgt. Rock Won't Be A WWII Film

Posted by inferiorego (28309 posts) - - Show Bio
LA Times Blog let all the Sgt. Rock fans know today that producer Joel Silver has breathed new life into the film based off of DC Comic Sgt. Rock; however, this comes with some news that I'm sure will disappoint many Sgt. Rock fans.

Silver said the plan now is for the old warhorse of DC Comics to serve his country in the not-too-distant future. The idea of a future battlefield setting has reinvigorated a property that has flirted with the big screen for decades. 

"It's a little bit in the future," Silver said of the setting. "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."

 Chad St. John has no credits to his name yet, according to his imdb page. Francis Lawrence was the director of I Am Legend, and Constantine, so he does have experience in adaptation films, whether you like those films or not. 
It is true that Inglorious Basterds, as mentioned on the LA Time Blog, covered WWII in a humorous and exciting way, so that can be seen as a deterrent, but why change the time? I'm guessing they've got a really good story idea or start of a script. So, I'm guessing the only real way to see a more authentic Sgt. Rock film is to go out and buy Band of Brothers. (Don't watch it... buy it) Well, I hope this is one awesome script then.

Recently,  Sgt. Rock just celebrated his 50th year of "life." 
Will this film be worthwhile if it takes place in the future?
 ~ Mat Elfring (InferiorEgo) is a comedian, teacher, comic store employee, comic book writer, and herald of Galactus.~ 
#1 Posted by mohawkmoose12 (58 posts) - - Show Bio

I disapprove of this being set in the future. Though I've never really been that up on Sgt. Rock I have read the issues that my dad has from the 60-70s and I don't think the future setting is a good idea. Further more i would also recommend that everyone who reads this article does buy Band of Brothers

#2 Posted by jloneblackheart (5486 posts) - - Show Bio

Band of Brothers is the greatest.

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#3 Posted by Chane (538 posts) - - Show Bio

Erm.... pass.

#4 Posted by TheBug (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't dig this, and the worst part is I have to tell my dad that hollywood is ruining one of his favorite comic book characters. 

#5 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh...?  Does not compute. I think my brain just broke...

#6 Posted by Son_of_Magnus (15040 posts) - - Show Bio

Bad idea

#7 Posted by strangeling (180 posts) - - Show Bio

So they're not doing a Sgt. Rock movie... they're making a "future war" movie and slapping the Sgt. Rock characters in there.

#8 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Seems to be a very odd decision, this would be like setting "The Mexican" in Germany

#9 Posted by reaper2923 (2778 posts) - - Show Bio

Whoa wait their making a movie about him?

#10 Posted by chalkshark (1195 posts) - - Show Bio

If the film is not set during World War II, then it's not a film about Sgt. Rock. That setting is absolutely intrinsic to the Sgt. Rock character. That era... that war... inform his personality, shape his character, & ultimely define who Sgt. Rock is. If you take that away, then you take away the character. The best example of this is the film Constantine. They took away the character's environment... London..., & his nationality... English. Cast against the character's physical appearance. Then played his personality as a dark, brooding anti-hero, very unlike the charming rogue from the source material. His best friend's personality was also completely changed. Oh, & they made him an action hero, wielding religious themed weapons. The character in the comics doesn't win by physically beating his enemies down. He wins through trickery & manipulation. Once you excise that much from the character, you're pretty much left with nothing. If this is the route they intend to take with Sgt. Rock, then what they're really doing is just cashing in on the name recognition. A dubious prospect, at best, considering that Sgt. Rock isn't particularly well known outside of it's fan base, a group I can't imagine embracing this bungling of the character's transition from comic book page to silver screen.

#11 Posted by NightFang (10271 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that idea don't make damn bit of sense.

#12 Posted by Paracelsus (1280 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree- Sgt Rock in any post WWII conflict makes no sense(try imaging Easy Company in Korea, Nam, Iraq or Afghanistan!). 
#13 Edited by AxeBarbarian (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I am having some serious issues regarding this movie being set into the future.  That simply does not work for me.  I have been an avid fan of Sgt Rock since my boyhood days of the 60's.  I have had collected nearly all of, "Our Army at War, Sgt Rock and even G.I. Combat".  It would be a terrible shame to see him out of his element.   
Sgt. Rock of Easy company made into a movie must be set in its original context.   
I believe that if this was to go through, fans will be disappointed.  It will be doomed to failure.  If the directors are smart... they would leave this one alone until someone with any sense came along and really respected what this entire storyline was about.     
#14 Posted by AxeBarbarian (2 posts) - - Show Bio
You are so right on about this.  If they do this, I will not see it, but stick to the Sgt. Comics that I know. 
#15 Posted by the referee (2523 posts) - - Show Bio

Didn't they offer the role to Arnold Schwarzenegger years ago when he was in his prime

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