Director David Ayer Says His SUICIDE SQUAD Movie Is “THE DIRTY DOZEN with Supervillains”

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Warner Bros. dropped a number of news bombs last week when it unveiled its slate of DC Comics movies through the year 2020, announcing casting and director news in the process.  One of the more curious revelations was the fact that a Suicide Squad movie would be the first DC adaptation to hit theaters after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016.  Instead of following the sure-to-be-massive superhero pic up with something more recognizable like Wonder Woman or even Aquaman, Warner Bros. is going with a more obscure title that will certainly be an outlier in the superhero genre.

Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer was confirmed as the director of Suicide Squad—the story of a group of supervillains on missions—during the news dump, and now Ayer has spoken a bit about his plans for the comic book adaptation.  Ayer likened the film to the Lee Marvin-fronted 1967 classic The Dirty Dozen, and spoke about its lack of heroes.  Read on after the jump.

FURY Review

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If “war is hell,” then every soldier is a sinner.  It would be nice to think that every American who fought in World War II was a saint, but we know that’s not the truth.  War makes monsters because it has to, and we have to live with that ugliness because it’s in service of defeating a greater evil.  Since we as Americans accept without question that Nazis are evil and deserved to be killed en masse, writer-director David Ayer turns the problem of morality towards American soldiers with his new movie, Fury.  Despite strong central performances from Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman, Ayer’s picture ultimately feels hollow as the spectacular action and stomach-churning violence never take us anywhere beyond what we already know: war is hell.

Warner Bros. Courting Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie for SUICIDE SQUAD

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The superhero news just keeps on coming today.  Earlier this morning, Warner Bros. unveiled its full slate of DC Comics adaptations through the year 2020.  One of the more surprising revelations was that the superhero pic set to follow the release of the sure-to-be-massive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be Suicide Squad, with Fury and End of Watch helmer David Ayer set to direct.  That release date is set for August 5, 2016, and so as Ayer gets to work on the script, the studio is starting to think about casting—and boy are they aiming high.  The actors that are reportedly being courted to lead this new DC film are Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy.  More after the jump.

Now that David Ayer is Confirmed to Direct, What is SUICIDE SQUAD?

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A report popped up about a month ago claiming that David Ayer was circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s big screen rendition of Suicide Squad and now the studios have confirmed it.  Even though Ayer just told us that it’s, “Rumors.  Just rumors.  It’s all rumors,” Ayer will helm the film, which is due to arrive in 2016, making it the first DC movie to hit theaters after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

I’ve got no problem being blindly thrilled about any big screen rendition of a DC property that Warner Bros. announces, but now that Suicide Squad is official, it’s time to get a little more knowledgeable about the source material.

Writer-Director David Ayer Talks FURY, How the Finished Film Compared to His Original Vision, SUICIDE SQUAD, and More

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Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, filmmaker David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how the final film compares to what he had originally envisioned, how the first visual image was always the opening that he wanted, that his first cut of the movie was almost four hours long, that there will be some deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, but that this is his director’s cut, that this was his ending, as written, and why he wanted the actors to so deeply immerse themselves in their roles.  He also talked about how he’s at his strongest when he’s written the script that he’s directing, the possibility of him doing a female-centric story, Suicide Squad, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Brad Pitt Teaches Logan Lerman to Kill in First FURY Clip

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You thought Brad Pitt was a tough Lieutenant in Inglourious Basterds?  You’ve got to see how he treats one of his own men in this new clip from Fury.  Pitt leads as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a World War II army sergeant and tank commander.  Logan Lerman steps in as Norman “Cobb” Ellison, Wardaddy’s brand new assistant gunner.  Not only has Norman never been in a tank before, but he also isn’t capable of killing anyone, not even the enemy, and that’s just not an option when his unit is about to embark on a risky mission behind enemy lines.

Hit the jump to check out the lengths Wardaddy goes to to whip poor Norman into shape in the new Fury clip.  The film hits theaters on October 17th and also stars Shia LaBeoufMichael PenaJon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

Check out Over 35 Images from David Ayer’s World War II Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt

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Sony pictures has released over 35 new images from David Ayer‘s Fury online.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, who leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.  Ayer’s End of Watch was surprisingly good, and I’m hoping that movie’s quality storytelling carries over into Fury, which sounds like it could be a unique film in the World War II action genre.   Throw in a strong supporting cast, and this is one of the must-see movies of the fall.

Sony has released over 35 new Fury images, and you can check them out after the jump.  The film opens October 17th, and also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.

SUICIDE SQUAD May Have FURY Director David Ayer Lead Them into Battle

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It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer.  Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they’re ready to actively get this one rolling again.  Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script.

This could be cool.  Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer’s alley.  Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad.

FURY International Trailer: Logan Lerman Adjusts to Life as a World War II Tank Crew Member

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It’s been quite a while since we got that first trailer for David Ayer’s Fury, but now we’ve got a brand new international one and it’s as explosive as ever.  Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command.

While on the Fury set, Ayer told Steve that the goal was to make an authentic film that offers up an unapologetic look at the tail end of World War II and based on this new Fury international trailer, there’s a good chance he might have nailed it.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.  Fury arrives in theaters on October 17th.

FURY Featurette Takes You Inside Brad Pitt’s Tank to Meet the Crew

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Sony has released a new Fury featurette that focusses in on writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.   I really liked the trailer for this film, and this featurette does a nice job of familiarizing a potential audience with the ensemble of characters.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury featurette.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on October 17th.

David Ayer’s FURY to Close London Film Festival

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We just found out that Sony Pictures opted to move David Ayer’s latest, Fury, from November 14th up to October 17th, but even though the film will already be in theaters nationwide in the US, it has still been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival on October 19th.  That screening will mark the film’s European debut and both Ayer and his star, Brad Pitt, will be in attendance, but apparently the festivities won’t just be restricted to the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Hit the jump for more on what the London Film Festival has planned for Ayer’s film.   Fury also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Pena and Jim Parrack.  The London Film festival runs from October 8 – 19th.  The event’s full lineup will be announced on September 3rd.

FURY Release Date Moved Up to October 17th

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Sony Pictures has shifted the Fury release date for director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) World War II tank drama up nearly a month from its original release date of November 14th to October 17th, which could signal a strong awards play for the promising film.  Brad Pitt leads the original story of a tank crew battling a desperate Nazi army in the last days of World War II, and the film’s first trailer makes the pic look rather excellent.  Instead of battling for screens alongside Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in the middle of November, Fury will now open opposite Dracula Untold, the animated film The Book of Life, the romance The Best of Me, and the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted Nightcrawler. 

The October launching pad has given us recent heavy hitters like Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and Argo, so this new release date could certainly kick off a strong awards campaign for Fury.  Of course no one’s seen the film yet so it’s tough to predict its prospects with any degree of certainty, but Sony is clearly bullish on the pic.

 

30 Things to Know About David Ayer’s FURY From our Set Visit, Plus New Images

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My boots are caked in mud.  The ground is a watery brown mess that makes it difficult to walk.  I have to watch where I take every step.  All around me are American soldiers and Sherman tanks moving with purpose.   When the tanks roll, I feel the muddy ground shake.  As I peer around the side of the building on my right, I see even more soldiers and another tank moving towards our position.  As they get closer, the soldiers are moving even faster, like they’re on a mission and it’s almost the end.  As the tank rolls in front of me, I see Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in uniform looking serious.  A few seconds later, I hear director David Ayer call cut, and the three cameras shooting the action, the tanks, and the soldiers all go back to first position.

Let me go back a bit.  Last year, when Fury was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As some of you know, the movie takes place at the end of World War II where a battle-hardened Sherman tank crew face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.  Besides Pitt and LaBeouf, Ayer and producer John Lesher have put together an awesome cast that also features Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  During the day on set I learned a lot about the movie and I’ve compiled a big list of some of the highlights.  In addition, Sony has provided us with a few new images.  So hit the jump to check it all out.  Fury opens November 14th.

Director David Ayer Talks FURY, Telling a Different WWII Story, Cast Boot Camp, Reshoots, Using Shia LaBeouf as His “BS Detector”, and More

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One of the things I like about David Ayer movies (End of WatchTraining Day) is the authenticity.  Whether he writes or directs the project, he manages to inject real characters into whatever situation is unfolding onscreen, and in his latest movie, Fury, Ayer is using his talents to tell a new World War II movie about a Sherman tank crew.  Featuring an all-star cast (Brad PittShia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs), Fury takes place at the end of the War where a battle-hardened group face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Last year, when the production was filming in harsh conditions outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While I walked in looking forward to the film, I left blown away by what Ayer was doing on set and how committed the cast and crew were to making a special movie.  Not only was the film trying to be as realistic as possible by using real tanks and props, Ayer had been working on the script and idea for years and some of the people I spoke to said it was his best work yet.  Since Ayer was incredibly busy on set, he didn’t have time for an interview.  But a few days ago I participated in a group phoner where Ayer talked about wanting to tell a different kind World War II movie, the cast boot camp, using real tanks, the editing process, how Sony loves the movie and is letting him do some additional photography to add a bit more action, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

FURY Trailer: Brad Pitt Leads a World War II Tank Crew

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Sony has released the first Fury trailer for writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.  This looks like it could be a strong entry into the World War II-drama genre, and this trailer does a good job of emphasizing both the action and the character drama between the talented cast.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury trailer.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on November 14th.

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