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CCI | Strikeforce: Morituri Heading To The Big Screen

Waterman Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Strikeforce: Morituri, the late-1980s Marvel sci-fi comic, TheWrap reports. Peter B. Gillis, who co-created the series, will write the screenplay with Connor Cochran.

Debuting in 1986, Strikeforce: Morituri is set on an Earth invaded by aliens intent on stripping the planet of its resources. In hopes of stopping the extraterrestrial conquest, a scientist develops a process that will imbue humans with extraordinary abilities, effectively creating a super-powered planetary defense. There’s one drawback, though: Empowered humans dies within a year.

The comic’s title is derived from the Latin phrase “Morituri te salutamus” (“We who are about to die salute you!”), a salute that, at least according to legend, was shouted by Roman gladiators when they entered the arena. The series was published until 1989, passing from Gillis and co-creator Brent Anderson to writer James Hudnall and a handful of artists that included Whilce Portacio and Mark Bagley.

Waterman plans to begin filming in December with Jeff Beard producing.


  • Guydc3

    Awesome. Now can we finally get the trades? The original run was awesome. 

  • Michael Sacal

    Years ago this was going to be adapted into a mini series for the Sci Fi Channel, I think it was. It never happened (obviously).

  • Guydc3

    Considering Sci-Fi’s track record…thank the comic Gods it was never made. I’m psyched for the movie.

  • Michael Sacal

    Their record includes Dune, 5ive Days To Midnight, Taken, and a few other great mini series.

  • Jmcreer

    Cool – another great example of some obscure comics titles potentially becoming awesome film franchises.  Love to see Starbrand show up at some time as well.

  • Anonymous

    oh that’s funny: I was just thinking about that a week ago and was going to suggest it to a writer I know who has been dealing with Marvel Studios.  Synchronicity I guess…

  • Guydc3

    Yes, those were solid. They also produced Mansquito, Wyvern, and a host of other truly awful Sci Fi original films. Their track record for producing B-movie dreck far outweighs the few truly solid productions they have put out or distributed.

  • demoncat_4

    interesting to see the old thing being a film now since last time some one had the rights to strikeforce Morituri sci fi channel was looking to make it a tv series. and got no wheree

  • Connorfc

    The problem with the TV attempt a few years ago is that Marvel didn’t actually have the rights, since the creator, Peter Gillis, had never sold them back when the book was being published. Marvel announced with Sci-Fi anyway, despite not having the rights, and Gillis’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter…after which that whole attempt fell apart.

    The difference this time is that Waterman’s deal is with Gillis, the actual rightsowner. So this new announcement is solid.