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Greg Rucka, with Whiteout star Kate Beckinsale, producer Joel Silver and director Dominic Sena at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2007.

By Kate Jewell

LOS ANGELES -- The Continuum continues its coverage of the Whiteout movie with a question-and-answer session from last weekend's press junket with Greg Rucka, who wrote the original comics series and is executive producer of the film.

The Continuum: So how does it feel to have Whiteout reaching theaters?

Rucka: I'm very excited. It seems surreal. When Steve (Lieber, artist) and I created this, we never thought it would be brought to life, so to see it take place, it still hasn't set in. Maybe when the movie comes out, it will seem more real.

The Continuum: Were you happy with your involvement in the movie?

Rucka: Yes, yes. I was waiting for them to tell me to leave at any second, like, "Thanks we'll take it from here." But they never did. You know they could have, but they never did. At one point David (Gambino, producer) said, "I'm going to call your agent," and I said "Yes, and...?" and he said, "I'm going to see about signing you on for another six months." Their generosity really came out, and overall I was very happy with my involvement with this film.

The Continuum: How does Kate Beckinsale's version of Carrie Stetko compare to your comic version?

Rucka: Carrie in the novel is very happy to be in Antarctica, she is frozen there. Carrie in the movie is in exile. So where Carrie in the graphic novel is really happy about where she is and wants to be away from the world in Antarctica, Carrie in the movie kind of hates herself and really feels like she let herself down and that's why she was put in Antarctica, and she really hates being there.

Also, when I walked onto set and saw Kate for the first time, she was so beautiful, it was like a punch to the face. And not only that, she looked just like Carrie. With the wig and everything it was unreal how alike they really looked.

Also we had never planned on Carrie being a pretty character. Carrie in the book is more what my wife and I call a "woofer" -- someone that is not the most attractive but when put in their element and doing what they do best is sexy for that reason. So with Kate she was not only a "woofer" but very attractive, too, so that brought another quality for the character

The Continuum: What do you think is the key for a successful movie adaptation of a comic book?

Rucka: I think the biggest thing is keeping the heart of the story and characters. You think of Batman and Superman and people will go see them because they know the basis of everything. Even if the story changes, they go to see the heart of it. If you pay $15 to go see Superman, you expect to see a guy in red and yellow and blue. Hollywood can so easily change things, just because they can, so I think as long as you keep that heart of it, you will have a great adaptation of the comic.

The Continuum: How is the Queen & Country movie coming along?

Rucka: There is no movie yet. But they just signed on Ryan Condal to write the draft, so that is very exciting. He is very talented and I'm very optimistic. He gets the heart of the film. I know they'll try to make it into some big-scale thing and I understand that, but I think he understands the heart of that material.

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