Friday, July 06, 2007

Penn Enlisted For "The Dirty Dozen"

Writer-director Zak "X-Men: The Last Stand" Penn will script a re-make of "The Dirty Dozen" for Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver.

Penn's other writing credits include "Fantastic Four" and "Elektra."

The original 1967 war film was directed by Robert "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" Aldrich from the novel by E.M. Nathanson, starring actors Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson and NFL Hall of Famer-turned-actor Jim Brown.

The film was a box office success for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and noted as that year's highest-grossing film.

"The Dirty Dozen" went on to be nominated for four Oscars, including a supporting actor nomination for John Cassavetes.