Marvel’s STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI Being Developed into Feature Film by Waterman Entertainment

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If Waterman Entertainment has anything to say about it, Marvel’s most beloved properties (i.e. Spider-Man, the X-Men, and/or The Avengers) won’t be the only ones getting the feature film treatment. The banner has acquired the film rights to the comic publisher’s series Strikeforce: Morituri. Created by Peter B. Gillis and artist Brent Anderson, Strikeforce is set in a future in which aliens have all but conquered Earth. When a scientist uncovers a way to give humans superpowers (known as the “Morituri Process”), they finally have the ability to fight back. Unfortunately for mankind, though, the process comes with quite a catch in that it will kill anyone who undergoes it within a year.

Hit the jump for more on the project.

strikeforce-morituri-cover-imageNews of Waterman’s acquisition comes courtesy of TheWrap whose report confirms that co-creator Peter B. Gillis will co-write the film script alongside Connor Cochran. The banner is planning to begin production on the Strikeforce pic this December with Jeff Beard producing.

As for the comic iteration of Strikeforce: Morituri, here’s a bit of what Wikipedia has on the Marvel series (which ran from 1986 to 1989) in terms of setting and premise:

In 2069, an alien race called “the Horde” arrived in Earth’s solar system (it was later revealed that the actual name of the race was the ‘Va-Shaak’). Although they were technologically advanced far beyond humanity at that time, they were extremely savage. Examples of this savagery include the retaliatory slaughter of human slaves (this was shown after the victory of the Black Watch), the nuclear destruction of San Diego (also in response to the Black Watch’s assassination of the Earth Commander of the Horde Forces), and the decapitation of children (especially by literally ripping their heads off) in order to establish dominance over newly captured human slaves (one particularly brutal terror-tactic favored by the Horde early in the war was to capture large numbers of humans in order to take them just outside the Earth’s atmosphere and then eject them from the ships, allowing them to burn up in re-entry so watchers on the ground could see the streaks representing their burning forms. This tactic became known to humans as ‘a Highdive’).

The premise is that aliens have invaded Earth and nearly succeeded in conquering it and stripping it of its resources. A scientist discovers a process which can provide humans with superhuman powers, effectively creating a group of defending superheroes. However, the process would also ensure that the empowered humans would die within a year of being empowered. The series thus focused on the heroism of the main characters in fighting the invaders, while living with the knowledge that their fates were sealed regardless of whether or not they prevailed.

So what do you think?  Is this going to be a good movie?




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  • T. Van

    This sounds as if someone is setting “bait” for Marvel’s legal department. This is a somewhat crafty move, as Marvel is likely to cease and desist the work on this project. As no one else seems to have high interest in it, someone may later claim that Marvel killed it— and may go so far as to claim this is a good case for creators’ rights to characters and stories.

    Of course, they could also believe in the strength of this project… but that might be a “stretch.”

    • Tom Whitmore

      Actually, Marvel doesn’t own the property. They published it, yes. But it was an original creation of Peter Gillis’s, and he never signed any contract with Marvel for it.

      This is why the 2003 Sci-Fi Channel project with the property fell apart. Marvel and Sci-Fi announced it, but Peter’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter pointing out that he never sold them any of the rights, and that was the end of that.

  • rocky

    This sounds pretty good. I was in the USMC during the time this ran so I missed it completely, never even heard of it til now.

    But yeah I’d definitely check this out and why isn’t Marvel itself producing this? I guess maybe they feel it’s such an unknown property that they’d rather pass the risk onto someone else and the fact that it sounds pretty gory may have something to do with that decision too, maybe

    • Louis

      I think its a little dark for Disney owned Marvel to develop…

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