After much speculation, it has now been confirmed that director Duncan Jones will indeed be tackling a comic book adaptation for his next film, in the form of 2000AD’s Rogue Trooper. For those unfamiliar, Rogue Trooper is a genetically developed, Na’vi-looking, Mohawk-sporting super soldier fighting the good fight in a future-set war, and is arguably 2000AD’s second most celebrated character after Judge Dredd himself. With any luck, Jones will enjoy tremendously more success with Rogue Trooper than his previous two movies – the mind-boggling Mute and the widely ignored Warcraft – and return his status to that of the man whose debut, Moon, heralded an exciting new voice in genre storytelling.
Jones took to Twitter to let fans in on the news, tweeting:
“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 2000AD?!” 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!”
We couldn’t agree more, Duncan! While no release date has been announced as of yet, we’ll take a punt and say watch out for Rogue Trooper hitting sometime in 2020.