I recall saying of Avatar that I didn’t care if Sam Worthington was blue, I’d still do him. That’s a fortunate attitude, since the Terminator 4 actor is donning the blue body paint again for the movie version of 2000 AD‘s second-most-popular character (after Judge Dredd).
Rogue Trooper has already been adapted into a superior (if underrated) video game, so it will be interesting to see if they can get it right again for the film.
A few days ago, the casting was only a rumour, but according to IMDB, writer Grant Morrison has confirmed that he is adapting the story for Worthington’s Full Clip Productions. The live-action film will be based on stories from 2000 AD issue #228 (from 1981).
According to the blurb, ‘Rogue Trooper’ follows ‘Rogue’, a ‘G.I.’ (‘Genetic Infantryman’) blue-skinned, manufactured elite soldier and his three comrades as they search for the ‘Traitor General’. His comrades are in the form of biochips (onto which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval) and are named ‘Gunnar’ (mounted on Rogue’s rifle), ‘Bagman’ (on his backpack) and ‘Helm’ (on his helmet). Immune to almost all known toxins, Rogue can submerge in strong acid unaffected, also able to withstand an airless vacuum…”
But mostly it’s Sam Worthington running around with his shirt off for a couple of hours.
There’s no part of that prospect that I don’t like.