Buck Rogers, the classic pulp character that inspired such film epics as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, is coming back to the big screen, but it won’t be directed by Frank Miller (The Spirit) as was originally announced. Paradox Entertainment (the company currently rebooting Conan) has teamed up with Incognito Entertainment to bring back this much-loved character, with Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil) attached to direct. Not only that, but it just might actually be filmed in 3D!
The plot is being kept under wraps, but Variety says that it “will essentially revolve around a relatable present-day hero flung into the future.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the character, the article says he was originally “a fighter pilot who awakens in the 25th century,” so it sounds like it will stay pretty close to the source material, but will be updated for modern audiences.
For a brief history on the character, Variety lays it out as follows:
“Buck Rogers was first introduced in 1928 as Anthony Rogers in Philip Francis Nowlan’s novella “Armageddon 2419 A.D” in the pulp magazine “Amazing Stories.” The character was renamed Buck Rogers when John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Syndicate of America relaunched the hero as his own comic strip, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” that was published from 1929 to 1967. Radio shows, films and TV shows on ABC and NBC followed.”
I’m actually pretty excited about this. It seems only natural to bring back this character for a modern audience, especially if it will be shot in 3D – which comes as no surprise since Anderson is filming Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D as well. I wonder who will get cast for the title role?