Duncan Jones, director of the 2016 Warcraft movie – as well Moon, Source Code, and this year’s Mute – has announced that he’s working on a film adaptation of the classic sci-fi Rogue Trooper series.
Rogue Trooper, which charts the adventures of a genetically engineered super-soldier, has inspired four video games over the last three decades – an isometric 8-bit shooter, a 16-bit platformer, and a 2006 action-adventure (plus its 2017 remaster). However, it started life as a series created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, in the British sci-fi comic 2000 AD.
Jones first teased an upcoming Rogue Trooper movie yesterday, with a short, and slightly peculiar video that culminated in the reveal of a mohawk haircut – similar to that of series protagonist Rogue. Jones then officially confirmed the news today, tweeting that he was “incredibly excited” to reveal his involvement in a Rogue Trooper adaption.
As promised… pic.twitter.com/6y3pzn2Cn1
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 15, 2018
Incidentally, those unfamiliar with the Rogue Trooper series might like to check out the free comic that 2000 AD has uploaded to mark today’s announcement.
Hopefully Jones’ Rogue Trooper movie will enjoy a smoother production than his Warcraft effort. In 2016 the director alluded to troubles behind the scenes of that film, tweeting that, should a sequel happen, he’d want “less cooks in the kitchen”.
Last year, he expanded on that, telling Syfy that “Warcraft was a political minefield as far as filmmaking goes. And I think a lot of the rewriting in that, over the course of making the movie was really, really difficult and at times disheartening.”
The result was a spectacle that Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh did not warm to in his review, saying that “you can sense the persistent stubbornness of a games studio so determined that justice be done to its baby that it has inadvertently got in the way of the craft of movie-making.”