A new Buck Rogers movie is in development
The 25th century hero is getting a 21st century reboot.
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Given the number of classic stories being mined for new content, it was inevitable that Buck Rogers would be brought back around. In fact, a movie about the hero first brought to life in pulp magazines has been rumored for years — including an attempt by comics writer and filmmaker Frank Miller.
Legendary, the company behind the most recent Godzilla movies and the new Dune remake, recently acquired the rights to the Buck Rogers character and plans to produce both live-action and anime shows in addition to theatrical feature films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Buck Rogers first appeared in Amazing Stories in 1928 then in comic strip form the following year. As the character grew in popularity, his story was adapted to radio, comic books and serial films.
Perhaps the best-known version of Rogers is the one played by Gil Gerard in the 1979 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Though his method of time-travel differs depending on the adaptation, the main conceit of the character is his confusion after being transported hundreds of years into the future. Whether it's after getting trapped in a mine or frozen in a far-flung spaceship, Rogers must find his place in a new world of robots, aliens and far off planets.
The new project is in such early stages that a full creative team has not been put in place yet. But no matter who brings Buck Rogers into the 21st century, one burning question remains: Will robot sidekick Twiki be along for the ride?