“From the time I started writing the first script until the time the last issue hit the stands, The Surrogates was nearly four years in the making.”
– Robert Venditti, “Script to Page,” The Surrogates TPB
May, 2002: Robert Venditti begins work on The Surrogates graphic novel (per CBR interview)
July, 2005: Top Shelf begins publishing The Surrogates as a 5-issue, bi-monthly limited series, illustrated by Brett Weldele.
March, 2007: Disney options film rights for The Surrogates (per Wikipedia).
November, 2007: Bruce Willis cast in lead role of Harvey Greer.
April, 2008: Principal photography on Surrogates begins in Massachusetts.
July, 2009: Graphic novel prequel The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone scheduled for publication.
September, 2009: Surrogates film scheduled for release.
The movie has changed a few things, of course; Greer is now an FBI agent, not a police detective in “Central Georgia Metropolis,” and apparently the villain is actually killing people, not just destroying their robotic surrogates. I guess that’s to “raise the stakes.” I don’t expect much from the director of Terminator 3, but hey, it can’t be much worse than I, Robot, right?