Frank Miller Bringing Buck Rogers Back?
Although I've never actually seen anything with the character, Buck Rogers is a name that I'm inherently already familiar with. Buck is a fictional character who first appeared in 1928 as a venerable pilot who awakens in the 25th Century and battles evil. IGN initially broke the news that the classic character was getting a live action revamp from Nu Image/Millennium Films, the same company that revived Rambo and Conan. While it was later confirmed as unofficial news, their original report stated that Frank Miller was in considerations to direct - although officially the studio is still considering other directors, too. However, it was confirmed that a live action Buck Rogers revival is definitely in the works.
One of the family members who manages the rights, Flint Dille, will write and produce the new movie. The budget is expected to be around $40 million, which seems low, but doesn't really need to be more. 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. Buck first appeared in two novellas in 1928 and later a magazine. Since then the character has appeared in books, comic strips, movies, radio and television shows, and more.
As originally conceived by Philip Francis Nowlan, Buck Rogers was a U.S. military pilot who falls into a coma after being exposed to a gas and wakes up in the 25th century. Later as a comic strip character, Buck -- along with allies Wilma Deering and Dr. Huer -- fought cosmic villains such as the Mongols, Killer Kane and Ardala. Buck was updated to be an astronaut for the 1980s TV series.
I can't say that I'm necessarily very interested in this from the start, but in the right hands it could definitely turn out pretty interesting. If Frank Miller does end up directing this, then it's obvious he has a knack for updating characters from the 1920's, as he's currently finishing his adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit. However, I have a feeling Frank Miller is going to move onto bigger and better things after Spirit, which leaves the door for this still open. Is the revival of Buck Rogers something to really look forward to?