Award-winning comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan has been tapped to write the television adaptation of Buck Rogers for Legendary.
According to The Wrap, Vaughan, the writer behind Y: The Last Man, and more recently Saga, is developing Legendary’s new Buck Rogers TV series alongside producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford, whose credits include Transformers and Real Steel, via their Angry Films banner together with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator, Philip Francis Nowlan.
The project is based on Nowlan’s Armageddon 2419 A.D. novella, published in a 1928 issue of the Amazing Stories magazine. The story opens with Rogers trapped inside a coal mine, where he falls into a state of suspended animation and wakes up almost 500 years into the future. The character rose to further prominence when he appeared in a 1929 John F. Dille comic strip.
Now, Rogers is expected to make a comeback in a multi-platform sci-fi franchise at Legendary. This new deal will see the popular property branch out across various projects and platforms, starting with “a big-screen take,” which will pave the way for the “prestige television series as well as an anime series, giving audiences a 360-look at heroics sets in the 25th century.”
The adventures of the spaceman protagonist have appeared in a variety of formats over the years, including comics, movies, radio, and television. The developing project at Legendary could lead to many more adventures with the Rogers, as Hollywood continues to revisit past properties. For more reboots and revivals, check out our rundown of the quickest movie franchise reboots.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.