Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft: The Beginning) is set to tackle a movie based on 2000 AD’s Rogue Trooper.
The character was created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons in 1981 and it follows Rogue, a “Genetic Infantryman” – a genetically created, blue-skinned, manufactured super soldier and his three comrades’ search for the Traitor General. His comrades are in the form of biochips – onto which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval – and are named Gunnar (mounted on Rogue’s rifle), Bagman (on his backpack) and Helm (on his helmet). He is genetically engineered to be immune to almost all known toxins, can submerge in strong acid unaffected, and is able to withstand a vacuum in his bare skin.
Chris Kingsley, co-founder of Oxford-based publisher Rebellion, said Jones had a “unique level of commitment and passion” for the character. Rebellion has recently been branching out into live action adaptations of its properties and last year announced a Judge Dredd TV series was in development.
Jones, who is the son of iconic rock star David Bowie, said: “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?”