Here's a surprisingly fine thing on an otherwise somewhat bleak Sunday: Duncan Jones (director of Moon) is making a Rogue Trooper movie. What's a rogue trooper, you ask? I mean, it's all in the name. He's gone rogue. He's a trooper. He's blue and all of his dead friends live inside of his equipment and he does battle on a ravaged planet called Nu-Earth where poison gas has-- okay, sure. Not everything is inherently included in the name.
Rogue Trooper is a 2000 AD comics series created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, and in 2006, Rebellion made a pretty direct game adaptation, that was given an upgraded treatment earlier this year in the form of Rogue Trooper Redux.
Alec summed up the 2006 Rogue Trooper better than I ever could, calling it the world's finest 7/10 game, and generally showing how it really didn't require a redo but it fixes up some mechanics nicely. I also enjoy reading Alice write up nanoforge-ish technological leaps or whatever it is that explains why your dead ghost friend in your backpack can change the physical properties of ammunition.
Secondary to all of this, I was wondering why on Nu-Earth you'd want to bring the Rogue character back into the spotlight in 2018. Then Alice informed me that 2000 AD is a much bigger to-do across the pond then it is in the states and now I feel like an uncultured heathen. Anyhow, a Duncan Jones movie is reason enough for us all to celebrate.
Check out Jones's full tweet-tease and associated video below:
Okay, that's a very Duncan Jones set of choices to make. The video is just packed with pretty in your face references to the series, and includes a voice-over reminiscent of the source material. If none of that was enough, Jones pulls off a hat to reveal Rogue's trademark hairstyle. It ends with closing text that taunts the viewer if they haven't put all the clues together yet, which feels a bit much. Not everyone knows 2000 AD comics-slash-redone 2006 video game adaptations of 2000 AD comics like the back of their blue hand. Thankfully, there's also a reference to fellow 2000 AD property Dredd and how it doesn't have a sequel yet. Make that sequel, please and thank you.