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Thursday, November 12, 2009 

Sgt. Rock being sent into the future

So there's a movie in the works based on DC's famous WW2 army hero, as reported on the Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog, but it looks like they're about to commit another grave mistake, by setting it in the future, and, if the following tells anything:
Until now, “Rock” has retained its World War II setting, with Silver and the studio trying to make a big-budget action adventure movie that was a throwback to flicks like “The Dirty Dozen,” which feature acts of American derring-do.

But a big budget always was an obstacle and, “Inglourious Basterds” notwithstanding, period war movies have not been in vogue in Hollywood for years, unless it was a more serious contemplation of the subject like “Saving Private Ryan.” Also, American jingoism went out of style after 9/11; even this summer’s G.I. Joe movie dropped the toy’s “A Real American Hero” tagline and made the action team internationally focused.

The studio hopes moving the time period to the future solves the dilemma.
Maybe the time period will solve it, but if they're insulting patriotism, it most certainly won't. This suggests that the time-shift is merely being used as a forced excuse to avoid pro-American values. And they predictably ignore how the GI Joe movie didn't do well because the removal of anything convincingly American from that production was just one of the most alienating things about it. I don't have high hopes for this take on Sgt. Rock either. It sounds like it'll turn into the kind of disaster Jonah Hex became when the notable cowboy anti-hero from the 19th century was transported into the future in the mid-80s.

It's clear that DC is in bad hands under Time Warner's ownership. Someone with more sense who can afford it should really buy them away.

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