David Ayer tapped to write and direct remake of The Dirty Dozen

David Ayer, The Dirty Dozen, Lee Marvin

David Ayer once referred to SUICIDE SQUAD as “DIRTY DOZEN with supervillains,” so it’s no surprise that the director is now setting his sights on the action classic. According to Deadline, Ayer is slated to write and direct a contemporary remake of THE DIRTY DOZEN for Warner Bros.

The original 1967 film starred Lee Marvin as Maj. John Reisman, an OSS officer who is tasked with transforming a group of the Army’s worst convicts into commandos. These men will be sent to infiltrate a meeting at a château in Brittany between dozens of highly-ranked German officers and kill ’em all; pretty much a suicide mission. Anyone who survives will be pardoned, but I wouldn’t get too attached. In addition to Marvin, the film featured quite the cast, including Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Robert Webber, and Donald Sutherland. Ayer’s remake will be contemporary with a multi-cultural diverse cast, and it’s said that the script will be more in the tone of his earlier work, such as THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and TRAINING DAY. Warner Bros. wants to kick off production next year, so the project is being fast-tracked with the hope that it will be Ayer’s next movie.

David Ayer‘s next film is THE TAX COLLECTOR, a gritty crime thriller which stars Shia LaBeouf (HONEY BOY) but doesn’t yet have a release date.

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