Legendary is reportedly developing a new Buck Rogers movie to potentially serve as a launching pad for a multi-platform sci-fi franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary, the production company behind the upcoming Dune movie reboot, is planning to develop a new Buck Rogers project with Transformers producer Don Murphy and his wife Susan Montford, whose credits include Shoot ‘Em Up and Real Steel. The studio is said to be “putting the final pieces” together on a deal for the screen rights to the classic sci-fi character.
After years-long negotiations over the rights to the franchise, sources claim that the team behind the Buck Rogers project are wanting to branch the property out across multiple platforms, starting with “a big-screen take that would pave the way for a prestige television series as well as an anime series, giving audiences a 360-look at heroics sets in the 25th century.”
Buck Rogers is the spaceman protagonist of Philip Francis Nowlan’s Armageddon 2419 A.D., published in a 1928 issue of the Amazing Stories magazine. The novella 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.
Over the years, the stories of Buck Rogers have appeared in a variety of formats, including comics, movies, radio, and television. The developing project at Legendary could lead to many more adventures with the celebrated comic-strip spaceman, 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.