Monday, September 27, 2010

Anderson Blasts Off With "Buck Rogers"

"Buck Rogers", the first comic strip outer space hero, is being relaunched by director Paul W.S. Anderson from a screenplay by "Iron Man" co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, for Paradox Entertainment, currently rebooting "Conan."

The new film will be lensed in 3D for producers Lawrence Abramson, Jeremy Bolt and Fredrik Malmberg, with George Furla, Anderson and "Buck Rogers" estate holder Flint Dille executive producing.

"Buck has already been such a huge influence on action-adventure franchises like 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones,' so for me it is a thrilling opportunity to be allowed to return to the source and relaunch such an epic character," Anderson said.

"...Before caped heroes were leaping tall buildings, Buck Rogers was spanning the stars . . . and the centuries. A man accidentally thrust into an extraordinary future, Buck is science fiction’s first superstar and one of our culture’s most enduring icons.

In its original version, 'Buck Rogers' ran as a comic strip continuously for 38 years in over 400 newspapers. True to his adventurous reputation, Buck is also known for his star turns in radio, movie serials, and television series..."

Debuting in 1928, 'Anthony Rogers' was the hero of two novellas by author Philip Francis Nowlan, published in the pulp magazine "Amazing Stories", before appearing as a syndicated newspaper comic strip, illustrated by Dick Calkins.

"My family and I have always considered the 'Buck' legacy a sort of 'sacred trust'," rights holder Dille said.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Buck Rogers"...