Following a tease on Twitter earlier this week, Duncan Jones has now officially confirmed that he will be directing an adaptation of Rogue Trooper, the 2000 AD comic book strip, which will be a joint venture between Liberty Films and Rebellion, the owners of 2000 AD.
“For years now, I have felt a sting as Marvel and DC have poured out their entire comic roster into film. Wonderful for their fans, but every new release I silently scream ‘Where’s all the 2000 AD?!’ I’m so excited to finally be able to right that wrong and bring Finley-Day and Gibbons’ Rogue Trooper, a seminal British spun war yarn, to the big screen!” said Jones.
“Rogue Trooper has always been one of my favourite old school thrills from 2000 AD,” added Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion. “I’m very happy to be working closely with Duncan and Stuart on this project and look forward to seeing the results on the silver screen.”
“The first time I met Duncan he had a Mohawk – I’m tickled pink to see he’s now brought it back with a full-on Nu blue,” said Chris Kingsley, Co-founder and CTO of Rebellion. “It shows his unique level of commitment and passion for Rogue Trooper, and that’s why we’re so excited to be working with him and his legions.”
Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, Rogue Trooper is a genetically-engineered soldier bred to fight on Nu-Earth, a hellish planet consumed by an endless war between the Norts and the Southers. The sole survivor of a massacre that claimed his fellow GIs, Rogue sets out on a mission to find the traitor who betrayed them – the personalities of three dead comrades plugged into his helmet, backpack, and rifle.