Warner Bros.' The Dirty Dozen remake is happening with David Ayer attached to write and direct. Simon Kinberg is on board to produce the project. Ayer is arguably best-known for directing 2016's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. He wrote the first installment of The Fast and Furious franchise, along with writing Training Day. This isn't the only classic remake that Warner Bros. has in active development. Mel Gibson is still attached to direct the upcoming new take on The Wild Bunch. As for The Dirty Dozen, there is no release date or cast information at this time. It is believed Ayer will have his story take place in the present, as opposed to World War II.
The original 1967 version of The Dirty Dozen was directed by Robert Aldrich for MGM. The movie is based on E. M. Nathanson's novel of the same name, which was inspired by a real-life group called the "Filthy Thirteen." The group were the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, of the United States Army, which fought in the European campaign in World War II.
The story of The Dirty Dozen focuses on a top secret mission done before the Normandy Invasion. A group of Army prisoners were trained to go on a suicide mission, in an effort to stage an assault where dozens of high ranking German officers are meeting. The idea was that this mission would help out with the upcoming D-Day invasion and if any of the prisoners survived, they would be pardoned for serving their country. The original movie is considered to be a cinematic classic, so there will be some pressure involved in bringing it to the big screen. However, David Ayer has some experience in bringing a movie together with a larger cast.
The original 1967 version of The Dirty Dozen starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Robert Webber, and Donald Sutherland. There's no word who will take on the roles in David Ayer's version, which is considered to be in the very early stages of development at this time. Ayer famously brought the large cast of 2016's Suicide Squad together, but that did not receive the best reviews from comic book fans and critics. With that being said, it was a huge hit at the box office.
It was recently revealed that David Ayer spoke to James Gunn about The Suicide Squad. Gunn is helming the sequel to the 2016 installment, though it will boast a mostly new cast, with a few remaining members from the first time around. Ayer's dark and gritty approach could make for an interesting take on The Dirty Dozen set in contemporary times. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the Dirty Dozen and David Ayer news.