While there are inevitably some changes whenever a comic is adapted to film, Robert Venditti, who wrote the comic version of The Surrogates, assures us that the key themes of his comic will be kept in the film adaptation, starring Bruce Willis. Venditti, who was speaking to SCI FI Wire, says ""The core concept of technology isolating us from each other and the outside world is something that a lot of people can relate to." Venditti continued, "I'm happy to say the key elements of the book-the impact of surrogate technology on the world and the effect it's had on the relationship between Detective Greer and his wife-have all been expertly retained for the film."
Venditti went on to explain how he knows that the themes he created when he wrote the comic were retained. "I was a consultant on the screenplay," Venditti explains, before going on to say that he mostly stayed out of the writing process for the screenplay. "But I mostly stayed out of it and let them do what they felt was best. They're all seasoned professionals, and everyone has an honest appreciation for the graphic novel, so I was completely confident they would do the story justice."
Brett Weldele, who was the artist for the comic, offered up his thoughts on the casting of the film. "When I sit down to draw a book, I rarely envision specific actors as the characters in my books," Weldele said. "Instead, I work to create characters that are visually interesting, dynamic and true to the writer's vision of the script. I'm very excited to see how my drawings are transformed into flesh-and-blood human beings when the movie hits theaters this fall."
In The Surrogates, FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves-fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles-enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who's real and who can you trust? Jonathan Mostow directs the film, which also stars Rosamund Pike and Ving Rhames. The Surrogates hits theatres September 25, 2009.