Duncan Jones to direct Rogue Trooper film

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Duncan Jones will direct a film adaptation of the 2000AD comic Strip Rogue Trooper.

The acclaimed director of Moon, Source Code, Warcraft and Mute – and son of David Bowie – will take the reins for the as-yet-unnamed movie, based on one of the most popular characters from the much-loved comic book, which has been owned by Rebellion Games since 2000.

Jones 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?!” 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!” And he posted a teaser video on his Twitter account. 

The Rogue Trooper film will be produced by long-time Jones collaborator Stuart Fenegan, under the banner of their company Liberty Films, and Rebellion’s Jason and Chris Kingsley will be executive producers. Rebellion CEO and creative director Jason Kingsley said: “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.” While his brother Chris Kingsley, Rebellion’s CTO, added: “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.”

For those unfamiliar with Rogue Trooper, the 2000AD comic strip was created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, and Rebellion describes it thus: “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.” 

Rebellion developed a Rogue Trooper third-person action-adventure game, which was published by Eidos in 2006 and, last year, released a remastered version called Rogue Trooper Redux on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. For more information, check out the Rogue Trooper website.