Tuesday, January 24, 2023

"Buck Rogers" in the 25th Century ?

The "Buck Rogers" estate, overseen by the Nowlan Family Trust, have sent a cease-and-desist letter to Legendary Entertainment about the studio developing a TV reboot of  "Buck Rogers", for producers Don Murphy ("Transformers") and Susan Montford at Angry Films:

"...according to the notice the 'Buck Rogers Interests' have signed an agreement with Skydance Productions LLC to produce 'Buck Rogers' content, adapting the 1928 novella 'Armageddon 2419 A.D.',  written by Philip Francis Nowlan and published in the science fiction pulp magazine 'Amazing Stories'.

"...'Anthony Rogers', a 'World War I' veteran is investigating strange phenomena in an abandoned Pennsylvania coal mine for his company, the 'American Radioactive Gas Corporation', when he is trapped by a cave-in.

"Exposed to radioactive gas, Rogers falls into suspended animation and reawakens 492 years later in the 25th century. 

"Thanks to spies and infiltrators, what used to be America, is now ruled by the Chinese 'Han' who invaded the US hundreds of years earlier using fleets of airships armed with disintegration rays. 

"Using wartime strategies, Rogers paves the way for a future reclamation of America..." 

In 1929, "Buck Rogers" appeared in newspaper comic strips, radio in 1932, a 12-part movie serial in 1939 and comic books, toys and video games. 

In 1979, actor Gil Gerard starred as Buck for  producer Glen A. Larson in a TV series following a 'NASA' pilot who flies his ship through an anomaly in space and is left drifting in the void for 500 years until he awakens to defend Earth against the forces of the planet 'Draconia'. 

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