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Ritchie confirms Dirty Dozen

GuyRitchie.jpgGuy Ritchie has confirmed that he's set to direct the remake of the classic film, The Dirty Dozen. Something we heard about when the first studio pre-strike rumour was released as his name appeared against the title with no other word.

It seems that up first for Ritchie though is finishing up on RocknRolla, then filming The Gamekeeper and finally The Dirty Dozen remake. Sounds like a lot of work pre-strike.

We already knew back in May that Guy Ritchie was set to film The Gamekeeper, the Virgin comic that he's been working on, but that's a quick push through to get the film made before completing Dirty Dozen, and all pre-strike.

The original The Dirty Dozen had an amazing cast, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland to list the big names.

The film saw a group of convicted murderers and other such seedy no-gooders being gathered by the U.S. Army to be trained for a possible suicide mission in World War II. The prize is a full pardon for them, if they make it home alive. To begin with they are a pretty useless and evil bunch, but when the bullets start flying, something amazing happens, they start to band together.

IESB, who carry the confirmation, call Ritchie "The British Master of Bullets and Cheeky [people without parents]" as well as saying that they think he's a great choice for the remake.

Me, I'm not with them at all. Ritchie's career has earned him the connection with British gangster films, and that's through Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Two films that utilised very similar styles and themes throughout, and both were great to watch on release but now feel somewhat dated and jaded.

Those are the two films out of his eight (including a short and a made for TV film) that earn him the reputation, ignoring the failure of Swept Away and Revolver.

I don't think he's a British Master of anything in film, much less gangster films. I would rather see his ex-partner in film Matthew Vaughn tackle this film.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. That film Revolver, which critics hated, showed that there was something new in Ritchie's directing and something deeper and more intelligent in the writing. I thought Revolver offered a lot more that the previous films hadn't, and I do think that it was unfairly squashed - although it wasn't a great film by the end of it.

So perhaps he could bring something new, but I still think that on paper there are far better candidates for a remake of this classic war film.



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