While on the London set of Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes," producers Joel Silver and Susan Downey provided an update of sorts to a few other comics-themed projects currently on their plate -- namely "Sgt. Rock" and "The Losers" -- and offered up an explanation as to why we haven't seen much forward movement with them.
Silver told SuperHeroHype that the progress of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" had basically back-burnered Ritchie's plans for a "Sgt. Rock" movie, since both films would share an edgy, WWII-themed story.
"It made sense to kind of jump off 'Sgt. Rock' and jump onto 'Sherlock Holmes,' because it was something that was really different and unique," said Silver "'Inglourious Basterds' is a war movie and I'm looking forward to seeing it, but it's something that was a direct competition to 'Sgt. Rock' so I felt that we should hold off and do that when we can."
Downey added that Ritchie remains their go-to guy for "Sgt. Rock," and now they're simply waiting on the right time -- and script -- for the film to proceed.
Silver also shed some light on the status of his Dark Castle production company's work on "The Losers," an adaptation of the 2003-2006 DC/Vertigo series. According to Silver, that project has similar competition from a potential remake of "The Dirty Dozen," which also features a story involving a rag-tag group of special forces soldiers teaming up to clear their names and get revenge. Last week, we reported the announcement that Sylvain White was pegged as director for "The Losers."
"I've always liked that project, it was a competing project with 'Dirty Dozen' for a while, but it didn't happen at Warners," said Silver, "so we kind of took it into Dark Castle, so we may try to make that now."
Finally, with all of the recent hype about Beyonce wanting to play the title role, and the highly-speculative rumors about McG landing the directing gig, the SHH crew grabbed a quick update on "Wonder Woman" from Silver, who simply said, "It’s been in a constant state of development; we’ve just not been able to find the right way to do it yet."
Which of these projects would YOU like to see most, readers? And what do you think about the reasons for these projects being back-burnered?