Washington’s “Brothers” Headed for Rewrite

18 05 2009

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Denzel Washington’s upcoming project, “Brothers in Arms,” is still under construction as another writer is being brought in to rewrite the WWII drama.

Matthew Sand has been hired to rewrite the script about the only black U.S. tank unit to fight in the European theater during World War II.

Washington is attached to direct as well as produce the film based on a nonfiction novel by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton, which tells the story of a unit of soldiers that overcame prejudice and sought to prove themselves on the battlefield by spearheading the Allied Forces’ drive eastward toward Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

The battalion helped liberate some 30 towns and villages and won the respect of their fellow soldiers.

Last year, Washington’s buddy, Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” did modest business. With Denzel producing a film about another crew of Black soldiers during WWII, our fear is that if neither his or Lee’s films are able to generate sufficient box-office heat, will there be enough interest to tell more stories about African-American heroism in battle?

Just a thought!

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