Lawrence, St. John Tackle “Sgt. Rock”

Francis Lawrence (“Constantine,” “I Am Legend”) is attached to direct and Chad St. John (“The Days Before”) is attached to pen the script for the film adaptation of comic book series “Sgt. Rock” at Warner Bros. Pictures says Heat Vision.

The project has been in development with producer Joel Silver for nearly twenty years with Akiva Goldsman recently coming onboard as another producer.

In the comics which began in 1959, Sgt. Frank Rock was the leader of his infantry unit during the Second World War and fought in nearly every major engagement across North Africa, Italy and Northwest Europe.

Previous attempts to adapt the property have retained by the likes of Guy Ritchie, Brian Helgeland, John Milius and others have attempted to retain the WW2 setting

The new version is expected to move the action to more contemporary times which will also help keep the budget under control. Andrew Rona is producing.