Buck Rogers is an iconic character that has been used in comics, TV shows and pretty much every other form of entertainment since he first originated in the late 1920s.
Deadline Hollywood reports that a brand new movie based on the immortal character called Buck Rogers: The Movie (doubtful this will be the official title) is now in the works, and naturally, it will be released in 3D. The new deal comes with a director as well; Paul W.S. Anderson is set and ready to helm the project, whose rights are currently controlled by Paradox Entertainment.
Anderson has a love/hate relationship with movie fans; his movies aren’t of the highest quality, but many times can be a lot of fun. Titles that he has directed include Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Death Race.
Two of the writers on Iron Man, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, have been brought in to handle the scriptwriting duties here, and no time frame for a release has been set yet.
Paradox Entertainment is also behind the new Conan movie being made, The Expendables, and the hit Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Read their Buck Rogers timeline below!
Buck Rogers The Movie Paradox Entertainment, Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Productions
Buck Rogers spans more than eight decades of American popular culture. He literally introduced the world to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure! Even today, fans of the Buck phenomenon marvel at how the original Buck Rogers stories continue to foreshadow so many of today’s space age technologies. This is how it all started.
1928: In a world without televisions, lasers or rockets, Buck Rogers springs to life as a true fantasy hero in an extraordinary world. He first appeared as Anthony Rogersin the Philip Francis Nowlan’s novella, Armageddon 2419 A.D in the August issue of the pulp magazine, Amazing Stories. Through the years, Buck’s character evolves:
As a U.S. Air Force Pilot, Buck Rogers falls into a state of suspended animation for 500 years after exposure to a strange gas. He awakens in the 25th century to a very different world. He joins forces with new comrades: The beautiful and strong-willed Wilma Deering and the brilliant scientist and inventor Dr. Huer. Together, they combat evil, using an arsenal of fantastic weapons created in Huer’s clandestine laboratory. Their mission: To rid the universe of sinister intergalactic warlords and save humanity.
1929 – The original character catches the attention of John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Syndicate of America, who turns it into the comic strip Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”. Published from 1929 to 1967, the comics were published in 400 newspapers throughout the world in 18 languages.
1932 – The Buck Rogers radio program hit the airwaves, airing four times a week for 15 years.
1939: – The film serial Buck Rogers starring Larry “Buster” Crabbe.
1950: – The first television series aired from 1950 to 1951 on ABC.
1979: – Buck Rogers was revived and updated in the form of a theatrically released pilot film and a subsequent television series on NBC starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. Airing from 1979 to 1981, this series remains a cult favorite.
2009: – The legacy of Buck Rogers continues as Paradox Entertainment, Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Production sacquire the live action motion picture rights to bring back Buck. Buck Rogers – The Movie is currently in development.