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Director: Duncan Jones
Produced by: Stuart Finnegan
Executive Producers: Jason Kingsley & Chris Kingsley
Announced by Rebellion on Monday 16th July 2018 – no release date.
Hints came from Duncan Jones on his Twitter account culminating in a teaser video on Sunday 15th July 2018.
Rogue Trooper comes from the pages of British anthology comic 2000 AD, the same source as Judge Dredd. Created by writer Gerry Finley-Day and artist Dave Gibbons.
Debuting in 2000 AD Prog 228, dated 5th September 1981 readers were introduced to the world of Nu-Earth, a strategic planet embroiled in an age-old fight between two powers from Earth, the Norts and the Southers. Rogue was a genetically created soldier, a Genetic Infantryman, or GI. Created to survive the poisoned planet of Nu-Earth and the sole survivor of the GI attack force he went AWOL to find who had betrayed the Souther battalion.
With two films based on Judge Dredd fans have often speculated why there haven’t been more films for characters from 2000 AD. The Stallone film in 1995 disappointed many readers, though it has its fans. When Rebellion licensed the property for the 2012 version they insisted the film stay truer to the source; see more detail about Rebellion and their ownership of the IP below.
Rebellion announced a Judge Dredd based TV series and their intention to develop more TV & Film in-house. This joint project with Liberty Films is hopefully only the start.
Of all the characters from 2000 AD this is one of the most anticipated to be given the big screen treatment. This news has gone down very well among fans.
Having directed films such as Moon, Source Code and game franchise Warcraft Duncan Jones is one of the most exciting young British Directors getting International acclaim. A self proclaimed reader of 2000AD he seems well suited for the task.
“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!”
– Duncan Jones
Rebellion Co-creators, the Kindsley brothers, are very excited about this project. They acquired 2000 AD, Judge Dredd and all related IP in 2000, am intriguing coincidence.
“Rogue Trooper has always been one of my favourite old school thrills from 2000 AD. 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.”
– Jason Kingsley, CEO, Rebellion
“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. 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.”
– Chris Kingsley, CTO, Rebellion
Rebellion PR, Michael Molcher, put out a press release earlier today confirming the ‘rumours’ from Duncan Jones.
To bring people up to speed with who Rogue Trooper is a free digital comic has been released, a link to this can be found after the preview pages at the end of this fascicle.
There are four examples in the comic draw from throughout Rogue Trooper’s publication history.
Those familiar with the character will probably find it interesting that all four stories feature the original version of Rogue and his friends. The series was rebooted with a character called Friday with a slightly different origin.
You can find a review of the IDW reprint of the original Rogue Trooper story HERE
I also reviewed the North American imprint collecting the stories of Friday
The full free comic released today by Rebellion is HERE