Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will co-finance a remake of The Dirty Dozen, the 1967 actioner that starred Lee Marvin as a major who conscripts twelve condemned soldier-prisoners for a dangerous mission in WWII. Joel Silver will produce with Susan Downey.

Variety reports that in a seven-figure deal, the studio has set Con Air scribe Scott Rosenberg to team with Alias writer-producers Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum on a script that will contemporize the storyline.

The project came out of a conversation between Silver and WB exec veep Lynn Harris. When they both cited The Dirty Dozen as the kind of mission movie they'd like to make, Harris discovered that WB owned the rights to the original, which was distributed by MGM.

Downey drafted the scribes after reading a remake the trio wrote of the 1986 daring-mission-pic Let's Get Harry. That pic hasn't been made yet.