David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, Bright, and End of Watch, is in talks to write and direct a modern remake of The Dirty Dozen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be produced by Simon Kinberg, who directed X-Men: Dark Phoenix and produced several other movies in the X-Men series.
The original film is set in 1944, and focuses on a group of convicts who are offered their freedom in exchange for completing a suicide mission behind enemy lines in Germany. It was directed by Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard, Twilight’s Last Gleaming) and starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, and John Cassavetes.
The Dirty Dozen was a clear inspiration for Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which is also about a group of ragtag convicts and villains on a sanctioned mission. Ayer’s new version of the film will update it for the modern day, according to insiders.
Ayer’s most recent film, Bright, did not review well. He currently has another film in post-production, The Tax Collector, starring Shia LaBeouf. Suicide Squad is also getting a sort-of reboot, called The Suicide Squad, but it’s coming from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn rather than Ayers.