Producers drawn into ‘Combat’

Trio launch bigscreen adaptation of ABC's WWII series

Producers Steven Jay Rubin, Steve Mitchell and Dana Walker are banking on auds’ perennial fascination with WWII and are developing a feature version of “Combat,” the 1960s ABC series about an American infantry squad fighting in France.

Mitchell has written the script, centered on the squad moving into Germany in early 1945. Producers plan to shoot the $35 million feature in Eastern Europe this fall through Rubin’s Fast Carrier Pictures.

“Combat,” which ran on ABC from 1962-67, is still in broadcast syndication in the U.S. and 54 other countries. The trio were inspired to acquire the rights by the sales numbers on WWII vidgames plus plus the recent commercial success of “Inglourious Basterds.”

“WWII is an evergreen genre,” said Rubin, who previously set up “Combat” at Paramount in the mid-1990s. The studio opted to produce Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” instead.

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