Up until now comics anthology 2000 A.D. has had only two movies made involving characters it showcased, and they were both were Judge Dredd (one in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone, and the upcoming ‘Dredd’ reboot with Karl Urban in the lead role). This is a shame since the title has created a lot of cool characters, such as Nikoli Dante, Button Man (whose film rights are owned by Dreamworks, who have so far failed to progress passed the pitching stage), and Strontium Dog, who would work very well on the big screen. Thankfully, news has broke that the title’s second most popular character, Rogue Trooper, is making it’s way to the big screen.
The Daily Record (spotted by Bleeding Cool) has recently revealed that comics writer Grant Morrison (Batman: RIP, Animal Man, The Filth) is being brought on to write the script for a Rogue Trooper movie for the production company, Full Clip Production. His previous script writing work includes scripts for Barry Sonenfelds ‘Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens’, and upcoming T.V. series ‘Bonnyroad’. No Director or star has being announced, though popular theory is Sam Worthington will take on the lead role since it is his company that is handling the project. If nothing else he gets first dibs.
Plus he likes going blue!
Created in the 1980′s by writer Gerry Finley-Day and artist Dave Gibbons, the series centered on Rogue a genetically modified, blue skinned, factory built soldier known as a Genetic Infantryman, or G.I. for short. Stationed on the war torn Nu-Earth, his entire platoon is betrayed and massacred, leaving him and three comrades in the form of ‘bio chips’, storage devices onto which a G.I’s personality is downloaded in the event of their death, as the only survivors. Slotting the bio chips into his gun, backpack, and helmet (renaming the soldiers Gunnar, Bagman and Helm respectively), Rogue begins a mission to track down and kill the traitor.
The character enjoyed a successful run from 1981 to 1989, until the story was revamped introducing a new planet, a new war and a new G.I. called Friday. This new iteration, which brought back Rogue late into it’s run, lasted until 1997, when the character was rested. Save for a flashback story featuring Rogue in 2002, the character hasn’t being seen since in comics (an effort to again revamp the character was squashed by the 2000 A.D. editors in 2004), even though the universe he inhabited is still alive and well, most notably in the series the 86er’s.
The character has also enjoyed success as a video game franchise, appearing on games systems such as the Commodore 64, the Amiga, and the Playstation 2. A Rogue Trooper costume is also available for download for the PS3 game Little Big Planet.