Film and TV remake rights to Sam Fuller’s 1951 Korean War pic “The Steel Helmet” have been optioned by producers Steve Rubin and Becky Arntzen.
Fuller’s story centers on tough-as-nails Sergeant Zack, who survives the massacre of his platoon with the aid of a young Korean boy and goes on to assemble a band of fighters holding out in a deserted temple.
The producers are shifting the action to Liberia, where a squad of U.S. Rangers are protecting a Red Cross emergency team from warlords and mercenaries. Helmer Andy Armstrong (“Moonshine Highway” for Showtime) is on board to script and direct.
Rubin is producer on the feature film “Combat!” set up at Paramount. Arntzen has “Evidence of Blood” upcoming for Showtime.
Rights were acquired from Adrian Weiss of Weiss Global Enterprises, which owns the film library of the late Rob-ert Lippert, whose company produced the original pic. Attorney Neal Meyer repped Rubin and Arntzen in the deal.