David Ayer Is Remaking THE DIRTY DOZEN
It's only Monday, but I'd wager that this'll be the most unsurprising news of the week: Deadline reports that David Ayer, purveyor of gritty dramatic thrillers revolving around grimy cops/antiheroes with weird shit on or around their faces, has signed on to write and direct a remake of The Dirty Dozen for Warner Bros. X-Men vet Simon Kinberg, presumably orphaned by Disney's consumption of his studio-dad, will produce the remake.
Ayer remaking The Dirty Dozen is pretty on-the-nose, though it does feel like the logical step for a director whose filmography is largely comprised of movies that scream "I HAVE SEEN THE DIRTY DOZEN AT LEAST 87 TIMES." For those unfamiliar, the original 1967 film was directed by Robert Aldrich and starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, and John Cassavetes. The Dirty Dozen centers on a crew of rough Army prisoners assembled to take on a suicide mission, in which they've been tasked with attacking a French compound hosting numerous German soldiers – an attempt to prevent the D-Day invasion. Basically it's Suicide Squad, but for dads. I mean, John Cassavetes was basically the Jared Leto of his day.
WB is also developing a redo of The WIld Bunch with Mel Gibson, which should go over super well.