Screenwriter Kurt Sutter has removed his screenwriting credit from Marvel and Lionsgate’s superhero reboot “Punisher: War Zone” set for release in September.
The scribe says on his official blog that his take “tried to rip Frank Castle from the comic book world and place him in the real streets of NYC… He’s a tortured, highly skilled soldier with a really bad anger problem. I always felt we should see Frank in some place uber-real and gritty.”
However the final script has been “rewritten almost completely” into “the perfect comic book formula — simple story, very obvious dialog and the inclusion of as many characters from the anthology that a movie will allow…it will do exactly what a comic book movie should do — fill seats, setup a sequel.”
The news comes as surprising considering director Lexi Alexander has boasted about her plans to deliver a darker and grittier tone.