Is there a SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS movie on the way, without Samuel L. Jackson? More Marvel ‘classic’ movies?

Is there a SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS movie on the way, without Samuel L. Jackson? More Marvel ‘classic’ movies?

If you saw CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (now out on Blu-ray and DVD), and you’re a classic Marvel Comics fans, you undoubtedly noticed the inclusion of the Howling Commandos assisting Cap during World War II. When IRON MAN (2008) introduced Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury on the big screen, it was a decision that was met with both praise (for fans of Marvel’s THE ULTIMATES) and solid criticism (from those who grew up with a white Nick Fury who survived WWII). Personally, I just like Sam Jackson, so I didn’t much care either way. But I will admit, it was a little odd seeing the Howling Commandos in the CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, knowing there’s no way we’d ever see their intrepid leader, Sgt. Fury, at least never in a very realistic way. Then I noticed a post on Facebook that’s rather interesting. Comic book writer Beau Smith, a man I’d consider very much “in the know” with things, posted the following:

I spoke with a trusted producer pal of mine in L.A. today and he mentioned that there is serious talks/meetings about a Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos film. Just the thought of that has me stoked.

Needless to say, with Smith having over 4000 followers (me being one of ‘em), questions rolled in quick, such as whether or not this would involve Sam Jackson, or follow what we saw in the Cap movie. Smith responded with:

From what he told me, this would be the “real” Sgt. Fury from the comics, not the Sam Jackson version.

and

Word in the Hollywood cornfield is that it’s outside the current Marvel Universe that the films are using, almost like a “Classicverse” that could be played out more if successful. Remember, this is just rumor and talk.

That last bit is ever so important to note. As cool as I think it would be to see a self-contained Sgt. Fury movie, and perhaps even one utilizing the Howling Commandos we’ve already met in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, this is one of those rumors that could go either way. This is also interesting as there’s supposedly already a “Nick Fury” movie on the slate with Jackson starring, so could Marvel potentially have two different Fury movies out that are unrelated?  Lastly, Smith Tweeted the following around the same time:

My friend (Trusted) said they are talking working out of a ‘Classicverse’ from Marvel.

I gotta say, I love the idea of a ‘Classicverse’ from Marvel, especially since X-MEN: FIRST CLASS was already sort of a starting point for that.  To me, period piece comic book films are long-overdue… I keep saying if they’re going to reboot SUPERMAN, they should put him in the late 1930′s or early 40′s – I mean why not?  Just keeping it all in consideration, how would you feel about a retro Fury film? And hey, who could be a good acting choice for WWII-era Nick Fury… George Clooney? How about CHUCK’s Adam Baldwin? I happen to know he’s a cigar man, and that would be essential to the character. Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.