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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Buck Rogers awakes on big screen in 3D

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Classic hero character Buck Rogers will be taking flight on big screen, with Paul W.S. Anderson set to direct.

Screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway "Iron Man" wrote the script for the action/adventure movie.

Paradox Entertainment, which together with Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Productions, acquired the movie rights from the Dille Family Trust, will produce the movie.

Lawrence Abramson, Jeremy Bolt, Fredrik Malmberg and George Furla will co-produce, while Anderson and Flint Dille will executive produce.

Variety reports that the movie plotline is being kept under wraps, but will essentially revolve around a relatable present-day hero flung into the future.

Following the latest theatrical craze for 3D movies, Buck Rogers could be released on 3D.

Buck Rogers has been credited with helping to bring the concept of space exploration into popular media, and introduced Americans to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure.

Anderson was quote as saying, "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."

Buck Rogers, first introduced in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, was a fictional character that originated in two short stories by Philip Francis Nowlan, "Armageddon 2419 A.D." and "The Airlords of Han" published in Amazing Stories in 1928. The character was renamed Buck Rogers when John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Syndicate arranged for Nowlan to turn it into comic strip for for syndication. On January 7, 1929, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D., the first science fiction comic strip, debuted.

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