Frank Miller Officially Helming Buck Rogers Revamp
by Alex Billington
December 18, 2008
Odd Lot Entertainment has officially announced that they are developing a Buck Rogers revamp and have set comic book author and filmmaker Frank Miller to write and direct. This isn't actually the first time we've heard this news, as it was first reported as a rumor back in May. Now it looks like it's confirmed, with Odd Lot acquiring the rights from Nu Image/Millennium, who won't have any day-to-day involvement on the project. Buck Rogers first appeared in 1928 as a comic serial. Buck was a pilot who awoke in the future and "introduced Americans to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure."
This should be good news, as I think Buck Rogers is the perfect character to be given a hyper-stylistic makeover from Frank Miller. However, with the early buzz on The Spirit already saying it's one of the worst movies of the year, I'm not sure I'm excited to see him making more movies. Under the careful guidance of Robert Rodriguez, he's not that bad. But I would rather see Frank Miller get back to comic books than have him destroy more classic characters. Miller will apparently give Buck Rogers a darker story and include "many of [his] signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption."
While I haven't seen The Spirit yet, I can't get excited by this news and probably won't be excited until I see some footage. I hope Frank has learned from The Spirit, though I doubt it. Only time will tell…
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
I'm not too thrilled by this. I never felt the original show was all that special. It had its moments, but nothing to really get me excited about this "revamp". We'll see I guess. Maybe Frank will dice it up.
Quanah on Dec 19, 2008
The story of Buck Rogers is simply a great SF-concept and I just loved the series. But I think Frank Miller is a bit overrated and I wonder whether he can helm a movie in 'normal' style...
Tschai on Dec 19, 2008
#2: But I think Frank Miller is a bit overrated and I wonder whether he can helm a movie in 'normal' style… no he can't..he just can do blue screen movies, thats all
BaDGuY on Dec 19, 2008
I'd like to see a retro B-movie version of it somehow. I mean, even the name 'Buck Rogers' is pretty schlocky, worse even than Flash Gordon.
Scott on Dec 19, 2008
All it's going to consist of is whoreswhoreswhoreswhoreswhores, so I'm going to skip this one.
Daniel on Dec 19, 2008
If "The Spirit" is any indication, this project is already doomed. Frank should know his limitations and give a better director he knows a call to take it off his hands.
Blackstar on Dec 19, 2008
why does everyone hate who hasnt even seen the spirit hate it?
Al on Dec 19, 2008
as much as i love frank i think he's becoming a horrible storyteller as he gets older. the spirit which visually looks appealing, most def. looks like Sin City 2. i had a feeling that was going to happen when we first saw that poster of the Spirit done by Frank Miller. the more and more i think about it, frank is a one-trick pony who can't seem to expand his storytelling techniques to other genres besides film noir. i think he needs to learn from greats like Brubaker and BKV about learning to expand your storytelling capabilities. look at those guys, they can write great crime stories and such but their works cover so many different genres. oh well. frank's lucky i think Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are two of the best graphic novels ever cuz i'm still going to see the Spirit and I still buy All-Star Batman and Robin. much love to frank but man grow and learn as a writer!
andrew on Dec 19, 2008
You are all bashing the spirit even though you havn't seen it yet. Why? It is not a movie I am excited about because Watchmen will make most movies based on non ultra popular comic book characters look foolish, but don't start killing on Frank Miller based on reviews of a movie that is not out yet. I do believe that the whole sin city appearance should just be used for sin city. But this movie could be pretty sweet. The main reason why I will see it in theaters is because Eva Mendes is smokin.
Dan W on Dec 20, 2008
blah blah blah bring it on....
werdnafaz on Dec 20, 2008
Given what the original has done for Lucas' inspiration and Sci-Fi in general, I hope people 20 and under don't shun this as a cheap star wars copy...
jmoney on Dec 22, 2008
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