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Grant Morrison Writes Rogue Trooper Film
For Sam Worthington's production company

04 October 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Daily Record

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Grant Morrison Writes Rogue Trooper Film

With all eyes on the incoming Judge Dredd movie, it makes sense that savvy producers would be looking to legendary British comic 2000AD for further inspiration. Hence the news this morning that a Rogue Trooper film is in development at Sam Worthington's production company, and that cult comics writer Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum, Final Crisis, Superman) is at work on the screenplay.

Rogue Trooper, as British comics readers of a certain age will know, is a blue-skinned "Genetic Infantryman" on a scorched Nu-Earth where North and South are perpetually at war. G.I.s' personalities can be saved onto "biochips" and uploaded into new bodies, and through various quirks of circumstance, Rogue's former brothers-in-arms Gunnar, Bagman and Helm currently reside in (natch) his gun, his backpack and his helmet, functioning both as his companions and critics. The strip was created by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Gerry Finley-Day, and first appeared in 2000AD in 1981.

Morrison never wrote for the strip, but did provide copious Future Shocks, Zenith, and a handful of Dredds, so has plenty of 2000AD heritage. The news of a film and of Worthington and Morrison's involvement is buried in a Daily Record story that mostly concentrates on Dinosaurs vs Aliens, the property that Morrison is currently working on with Barry Sonnenfeld. It's an aside so sketchy that it doesn't even come with a Morrison quote to back it up, so whether Worthington is developing the film with a view to personally slapping on the blue paint remains to be seen. We'll bring you further details as they emerge.

In the meantime, let us know what other 2000AD strips you'd like to see hit the screen. Who's for Strontium Dog? Halo Jones? Slaine? Shako the Polar Bear?

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Posted by killakane at 16:50 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Best news I've heard today!
Long overdue, so many great 2000AD properties that could be adapted for the big screen. Just hope Dredd delivers on it's promises, the extra year's post suggests Reliance & Lionsgate are serious about it. Hopefully they've revised their approach in representing Mega City one and the HOJ vehicles more in line with the comic and with the requisite SFX and mooted reshoots. More

Posted by killakane at 16:48 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Button Man or Zenith
I've been harping on about this for ages but I'd like to see Rogue Trooper directed by Zack Snyder in the style of 300. According to Wikipedia Dreamworks has the movie rights to Button Man, I think that would make for an interesting film. Grant Morrison's Zenith has good movie potential with hints of a British Watchmen (Cloud 9). Not sure I'd want to see a Halo Jones movie, I think the material is too rich. Maybe a TV adaptation with a decent budget would work though. More

Posted by RogueElement at 17:21 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Would be good to see Bill Savage and the British Resistance given a big screen outing; especially with the grittier storylines of the new Savage comic strip. As much as I would love for Stontium Dog to be made into a movie I just cannot see the kind of budget required to make a really good version of it being available and no-one wants half measures for Johnny Alpha and his universe. I am basing my selections on the comic strips that could easily be filmed, begging the question; why haven't More

Posted by adrianG at 15:08 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Prison Break in Outer Space! Cracking 2000AD Comic strip from the early 80s. Surely more than possible especially as the whole story only ran for about 20 episodes and should easy to make in it's entirety. More

Posted by adrianG at 14:57 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

ABC Warriors
Would be awesome! More

Posted by nybras at 14:29 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Sinister Dexter!
Has to be........ More

Posted by orlyboo at 13:10 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Sinister Dexter!
Has to be........ More

Posted by orlyboo at 13:01 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Actually always prefered this to Dredd when I used to get 2000AD, trouble is how big a market is it going to have overseas? More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:35 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

This was always a fave of mine. there is no food in the future so they send people back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, setup an abbotoir and start rounding up dinosaurs to slaughter and then send the meat back to the future, thus explaining the extinction of said creatures. And, of course, Chaos ensues. I used to love how graphic it was and there was an ongoing feud between a particular 'Cowboy' - yes, they send horses back as well to deal with the environment - and a T-Rex. Terra Nov More

Posted by bexhill at 11:31 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

ABC Warriors
Mental robots who look amazing and have some great storylines. Would also agree the Strontium Dogs, particularly Johnny Alpha, would be great. Armitage (which is set in the same time line as Dredd but in the UK) would be great. There are many many great caracters in 2000AD. Someone said it is a bit juevenile, well i would say no more so than spiderman, superman et al. It depends on what they do with the characters. Rogue Trooper could be excellent - hopefully without the dire Sam Worthington, bu More

Posted by eoghanruaidh at 11:09 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

The Ballad of Halo Jones would be a great film! I have always been dissapointed it never continued further. Hopefully Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper will be succesfull enough to make looking at others viable. My brother used to have a subscription when we were younger and Rogue Trooper was always a highlight. More

Posted by Draden at 10:21 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

So the flick will have a nonsensical plot where characters we've not been introduced to come and go willy nilly, all the while giant space insects randomly appear through rifts in space and our hero trips balls on hallucinogenic because that's the only way to transcend his own existence and discover he's actually a character in a film. Little Grant Morrisson joke for you there. That said, while i've never really been a big 2000AD fan, it's always seemed a little juvenile and a shade of it' More

Posted by clarkkent at 10:11 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

A Nemesis the Warlock film would be amazing. More

Posted by fantasticgokart at 10:06 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

True Blue
I would have thought that Strontium Dog would be more appropriate to a movie conversion than Rogue Trooper, especially since Grant Morrison never contributed to the original. But it's good news to see Hollywood looking to the more unconventional franchises rather than the usual DC and Marvel. I just hope they "get it" and don't just slap a coat of blue paint on a big name actor. More

Posted by lazyorange at 09:48 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Excited to hear of a possible Rogue Trooper film. It was always a likely 2nd 2000AD film after Dredd, since it's been already turned into a computer game. There are just so many stories in 2000AD that would work as great movies though; but I've always hoped for films of The Ballad of Halo Jones (the greatest miniseries ever) or ABC Warriors (easily do-able now in the age of CGI). More

Posted by Dan Howe at 09:21 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Strontium Dog could be good. Slaine is too much like Braveheart crossed with Conan. Sinister/Dexter would be quite interesting. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 08:31 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post


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