Paul WS Anderson Directing Buck Rogers 3D

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Remember when Frank Miller was set to direct a new Buck Rogers film? Then remember when The Spirit arrived, was a shambling mess, and tanked, after which news on the Frank Miller / Buck Rogers front went quiet really fast?

Well, a Buck Rogers revival is still in the cards, and I’ll let you make the call about whether the new director is more or less likely to do it justice than Miller. Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race) has signed to direct the film. Read More »

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Frank Miller To Direct Buck Rogers

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Remember last May when a rumor began to circulate that Frank Miller would direct Buck Rogers, only to be denied days later? Well turns out it was true after all. Odd Lot Entertainment, the production company behind The Spirit, wants to reteam with Frank Miller to helm the sci-fi adventure flick. Odd Lot is in talks with Nu Image/Millennium for the rights to the property. THR reports that Miller’s take is expected to be “darker” and will likely include “Miller’s signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption.” No, duh.

I’m surprised that any production company is willing to put their trust in Miller at this point. The early buzz has only begun to leak and the consensus is that Miller’s directorial debut The Spirit is beyond disastrous. Early tracking numbers for the film are spread all over the map. It seems like it would be smarter to do this deal after The Spirit’s Box Office debut.

Nu Image/Millennium Films originally planned to develop a $40 million film with genre veteran Flint Dille, who penned a Buck Rogers graphic novel in the 1990s, attached to write and produce. The plan was to turn “the cheapness of the low-budget effects will be a running joke in the movie, which will retain the campiness of the 1980s TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerard.” My hope is that Miller’s approach doesn’t result in a slapstick tone, which judging by The Spirit, I have reason to worry.

For those of you who were born post-Back to the Future (I find a lot of generational entertainment is lost in people born of the internet generation), Buck Rogers was created in 1928 by Philip Nowlan. The basic premise is as follows: Rogers, a pilot/astronaut who falls into a coma, only to awaken in the twenty-fifth century. Best known from the long-running syndicated newspaper comic strip, Rogers also appeared in a 12-part 1939 movie serial, a 1979 television series, and in many other incarnations. The development of space technology in the twentieth century launched Buck Rogers into American pop culture.

Discuss: Do you want to see Frank Miller remake Buck Rogers?

Frank Miller Not Directing Buck Rogers

buck-rogers.jpgLast week, IGN reported that director Frank Miller would follow-up The Spirit with a remake of Buck Rogers, the “campy ’80s sci-fi TV series” most people under 30 have never thought about. Turns out, the writer-producer of the Buck Rogers film, Flint Dille, says Miller is definitely not directing it, leaving Nu Image/Millenium on the prowl for a new “contender” to launch the 80-year-old character into the Oughts. Interestingly, Dille said that he would still like to “meddle” with his pal Miller in the future. So, we’re left wondering, was Miller in and now he’s not?

It was also said last week that the film’s special effects will be purposely shoddy, a running gag of sorts. In all fairness, this could very well prove to be a stroke of genius, but my mind has laughed a little all week imagining dumbfounded American audiences (Grindhouse?) and poorly designed poorly designed laser guns. I was bored. In canon, Buck Rogers takes place in the 25th Century after Rogers, a pilot/astronaut wakes up from a nasty coma. More info on the flick as we get it…

Discuss: Miller’s out, so who else is fitting for the material? I’d go with a comedy director like Greg Mottola, but I’d rather see, um, Spaceballs 2 made.  

Frank Miller to Direct Buck Rogers?

Buck Rogers

A few years ago Frank Miller was a virtual unknown outside of the world of comic books. Sin City certainly changed everything. Miller’s adaptation of The Spirit hits theaters later this year, but what next? IGN reports that Miller will climb back into the directors chair to tackle a remake of Buck Rogers. Miller will supposedly tackle the project when he’s finished on The Spirit, however Nu Image have shot back with claims that no deal is yet in place.

Nu Image/Millennium Films plans to develop a $40 million film with genre veteran Flint Dille, who penned a Buck Rogers graphic novel in the 1990s, attached to write and produce. The current plan is to turn “the cheapness of the low-budget effects will be a running joke in the movie, which will retain the campiness of the 1980s TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerard.” My hope is that this approach doesn’t result in a slapstick tone.

For those of you who were born post-Back to the Future (I find a lot of generational entertainment is lost in people born of the internet generation), Buck Rogers was created in 1928 by Philip Nowlan. The basic premise is as follows: Rogers, a pilot/astronaut who falls into a coma, only to awaken in the twenty-fifth century. Best known from the long-running syndicated newspaper comic strip, Rogers also appeared in a 12-part 1939 movie serial, a 1979 television series, and in many other incarnations. The development of space technology in the twentieth century launched Buck Rogers into American pop culture.

Discuss: Do you want to see Frank Miller remake Buck Rogers? If not, which director do you think would be better for the job?

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