Duncan Jones isn’t interested in directing a mainstream comic character, but he does love the genre and would jump at the chance to tackle an unknown one. After the less than stellar domestic reception of ‘Warcraft,’ it could be an easy guess as to why he might not want to pick from an established set of characters. In a recent interview, he jumped into the deep end when DREDD was dropped. While the most recent film was a cult-classic, Jones even felt that everyone’s favorite Judge was a bit too well known to be tackled in a movie.
Jones’ choices were a bit more out of the box when asked what comic character he’d like to adapt:
“DREDD was great, but there are like Slaine, and Rogue Trooper, and all of these amazing British characters that are over here, people don’t know about. So if I can find a way to get the budget to do one of those, which is difficult because they’re not known about… Those would be amazing movies, it’s just because they’re not known about. How do we make that work? But we’ll see. I would rather focus on trying to do a 2000 AD character.”
Quite a few of you are probably scratching your heads right now as to these two properties. While I haven’t extensively read ‘Rogue Trooper’ I do know that it is about a genetically created super soldier who is hunting down a traitor. It isn’t quite that simple when the plot gets involved, but there are quite a few fun ideas that he could play within the book.
That being said, ‘Slaine’ is something I would love to see Jones tackle. A producer needs to jump on this as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ have proven on the big and small screens that there is a significant draw for good fantasy right now. This series follows the character who has the power to turn into a monstrous version of himself when going into battle.
Slaine is an outcast of his people and due to saving a damsel in distress, who wasn’t happy with not being sacrificed to her God, ended up having an evil wizard as an ongoing enemy for quite some time. The character originated in 1983 and there are decades of material which could be used to flesh out a trilogy of movies or even an ongoing television series.
Sadly, as he says it would be quite challenging to get a budget put together to do a film like this justice so it is unlikely we’ll see it happen. Maybe Netflix will be interested in pursuing this if his upcoming movie ‘Mute’ does well on the streaming service.
Would you be excited to see Duncan Jones tackle either ‘Slaine’ or ‘Rogue Trooper’ in a cinematic adaptation? Which would you prefer that he ended up doing? Are there any highly obscure comic characters that you think he could do justice? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Jo Blo