One week after the serial comic Captain Future found its director, another space adventure is ready to launch. Buck Rogers has had a few adaptations since its inception in the August of 1928. Now it has a director for the upcoming 3D film written by Iron Man's Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
According to Coming Soon, the comic helped turn space exploration into a phenomenon. This film will help re-invent the character, while staying true to its origin.
"According to Deadline New York, the big screen adaptation is 'a new version of the classic tale of a fighter pilot who quickly acclimates to the future and puts his skills to use defending the planet against invaders."
Comic book guru Frank Miller was once rumored to be involved, but maybe the Spirit scared the producers away. It will be interesting to see Paul W.S. Anderson's mark on this film, considering his work isn't much better. His track record is in dire need of a blockbuster hit, with Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Soldier, Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator and Death Race as his complete directorial resume.
Buck Rogers is an intriguing character worth a look. Rogers is a U.S. Army Air Corps officer who slips into a coma after a gas leak, only to awaken in the the year 2419. He joins Wilma Deering and Dr. Huer to fight the evil that threatens all. Is it bad that immediately, my mind thought of Futurama?
The Iron Man writers give this project some hope and Anderson again gives himself the challenge of going into outer space. It should make for a fun, action-oriented film with humor embedded throughout, considering the writers.
Buck Rogers will release in 3D at an unknown date in the future, but likely not in the 25th century. Paul W.S. Anderson is in post-production on his return to the Resident Evil franchise with Resident Evil: Afterlife.
What do you think? Can Buck Rogers be a hit or will it be just another space bust for Anderson?