DIRTY DOZEN Remake Enlists David Ayer For Director’s Chair

‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Bright’ director David Ayer has been set to write and direct a contemporized remake of the “bad men on a suicide mission” classic ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ Deadline has learned.

Based on E. M. Nathanson’s novel of the same name that was inspired by a real-life group called the “Filthy Thirteen,” the 1967 original starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, and Robert Webber. It followed a WWII Army Major assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of Nazi officers.

Simon Kinberg (‘Dark Phoenix,’ ‘The Martian’) is on board to produce through his Genre Films banner, alongside Ayer’s Cedar Park Entertainment. Chris Long will serve as executive producer.