Len Wiseman’s Underworld films were pretty fun, and after a rewatch, he actually did a decent job with Live Free Or Die Hard (maybe helped by revisiting it after watching John Moore’s abysmal 5th installment). Wiseman has even had a surprisingly successful run on TV with his much-loved genre show Sleepy Hollow. Well, now Wiseman will be working with Gang Related showrunner Scott Rosenbuam on a project that they are describing as The Dirty Dozen in deep space.
Here is the low-down. Apparently it will take place in “a foreseeable future, where companies have begun to colonize sections of our known galaxy,” and it will focus on a team of mercenaries who are hired to investigate a mysterious distress signal on another similarly mysterious planet. The mercenaries are an “unlikely group of heroes,” in what already sounds suspiciously similar to Josh Whedon’s Firefly. Fox has made the commitment to go ahead with the pilot.
It sounds like it could be pretty promising and it would be great to see a group of anti-hero mercenaries in a situation in which they find themselves stranded on a hostile foreign environment, in a similar vain to James Cameron’s Aliens, which itself was based on Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers.
It sounds similar to Joss Whedon’s Firefly, but perhaps being more tonally straight, with less comedy, and a more violence. It could be a winner for sci-fi fans.