Joel Silver

Feb. 01, 2010 | 11:56 p.m.

‘Sgt. Rock’ reloads as movie project — but not as a WWII story

Producer Joel Silver says the long-discussed Hollywood adaptation of the “Sgt. Rock” combat comic books has new life — but the leader of Easy Company won’t be fighting the good fight in 1940s Europe this time around. Silver said the plan now is for the old warhorse of DC Comics to serve his country in the not-too-distant future. The idea of a future battlefield setting has reinvigorated a property that has flirted with the big screen for decades.  “I’m really close on that now,” Silver said of the “Sgt. Rock” film. “What we’ve done is gone back to it and we’ve done a new draft that actually came in this week. We have a shot at that one now. I feel good about it. That one might happen.” The army sergeant celebrated his 50th anniversary last year — Rock’s first appearance was in “Our Army […]
Jan. 29, 2010 | 7:35 p.m.

‘The Losers’ are on a mission — and don’t call them ‘The B-Team’

“The Losers” are on a mission — and don’t even think about calling them “The B-Team.” Above is a cast photo from the new commando adventure “The Losers”  which opens on April 9, two months before that other military-ops movie, “The A-Team,” which has a somewhat similar plot: An elite team is sent on suicide missions but survive and return to go after their duplicitous superiors. But “The Losers” director Sylvain White says that his action film marches to its own drummer. White, whose profile surged with “Stomp the Yard,” said the “Losers” script by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt presented him with a chance to make a movie that had international action and tension but also a lighter sense of itself than the Jason Bourne and most recent James Bond films. The script, as comics fans already know, adapts the Vertigo series by […]
Jan. 27, 2010 | 2:22 a.m.

Guy Ritchie sets aside ‘Lobo’ to make ‘Sherlock Holmes’ sequel

“Sherlock Holmes” played second fiddle to the aliens of “Avatar” at the box office, but the Victorian Age sleuth just beat out another extraterrestrial – director Guy Ritchie has set aside the planned “Lobo” film to clear his schedule for a fast-tracked “Holmes” sequel, according to producer Joel Silver. “Holmes” has pulled in $389 million in worldwide box office since its Christmas Day release and looks to add to that with overseas releases still pending in Germany, Japan, France and several other markets. The role of the famed literary detective also just earned Robert Downey Jr. a surprise Golden Globe, suggesting that the actor might still be in play for an Oscar nomination next week. Silver is a producer of “Holmes” as well as “Lobo,” which would adapt the ultra-violent antihero from the pages of DC Comics. Ritchie, who burst on the scene with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” […]
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