Sgt. Rock really could have been a great film had they stayed true to the the original comic book. Unfortunately, now that the movie looks like it's finally going to get made, they are ditching the World War II setting and throwing the film into the near future. Kinda like what they did with G.I. Joe and we all know how that turned out. It's not any really news that Sgt. Rock will take place in the future. We reported that back in November of last year, but producer Joel Silver did offer us a bit more insight in where the film currently stands and explains the setting that it will take place in.
It's a little bit in the future. 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 will direct the film, he also directed such films as Constantine and I Am Legend. I've enjoyed his films, although I hated the fact he went with those crappy CGI Zombies in Legend.
Sgt. Frank Rock was the leader of his infantry unit, Easy Company. He first appeared in a 1959 issue of Our Army at War. In 1977, the comic was renamed Sgt. Rock and ran until 1988.
This film has gone through a couple different stages which included the story taking place in World War II. One of these productions involved Arnold Schwarzenegger starring as the lead character in the 1980's. Another 2008 production of the film was rumored to be directed by Guy Ritchie and star Bruce Willis as the lead character. That would have been pretty cool to see.
I wish they would have stayed true to that WWII setting, I think it would have made for a much better and interesting film. I am happy that the Captain America film is going to take advantage of that setting. At this point knowing the kind of films Joel Silver makes these days, Sgt. Rock is going to end up being a very mediocre film when it could have been great.
What do you all think of Silver's plans for Sgt. Rock?