In a move that is sure to infuriate fans, Warner Brothers announced that the long-gestating World War II action film Sgt. Rock is finally seeing production, but as a science-fiction film. The tough-as-nails DC Comics character, created by Robert Kanigher and Jor Kubert, is most known for his adventures in the European Theatre during WWII, leading his platoon, Easy Company, into situations with impossible odds. Previous screenwriters have kept the period setting, but the script from Chad St. John, which sees Rock charging into battle in a futuristic war, is the one that Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are producing.

The studio has tapped director Francis Lawrence for Sgt. Rock, no stranger to DC Comics himself, having already adapted Constantine to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the change to sci-fi is because WWII films have fallen out of fashion, but I'd point to the recent box office success of Inglourious Basterds as proof that a pulpy, two-fisted period war movie is still as viable an approach as any.
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