Paul WS Anderson helms Buck Rogers flick

Space hero gets new big screen movie...


Considering this news involves 1) Paul WS Anderson directing again and 2) a beloved comic book hero, you might want to down your coffee/green tea/JD and get a lovely buzz before reading.

Done? Okay. So Paul WS Anderson - yes, the ‘director’ of such 'classics' as Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator - has signed up to helm a big screen version of Buck Rogers.

Working from a script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Anderson will update the tale from the 1920s, in which the titular fighter pilot wakes up in the futureworld of the 25th century and has all kinds of spacey adventures.

The character is acknowledged as key in turning the Great Beyond into an exciting arena for sci-fi stories, and helped boost the Space Race.

This new Buck Rogers is being produced by Paradox Entertainment, who are currently shooting the Conan reboot. And – naturally – 3D is being discussed. Because that’s the in-thing kids are demanding these days. They'll be after 4D next (bring back scratch 'n' sniff, anyone?).

Says Anderson:

Buck has already been such a huge influence on action-adventure franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, so for me it is a thrilling opportunity to be allowed to return to the source, and relaunch such an epic character.”

A number of screen versions of Buck Rogers already exist, with the 1979 TV series (above) and the 1939 serial. You can probably count this new adaptation as a fall-out from the phenomenal success of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.

Small solace here lies in the fact that Anderson hasn’t written the script (though that won’t stop him fiddling with it). But seeing as Marcum and Holloway are currently also working on an upgrade of the Highlander franchise, this is a sad day for news and movies indeed...

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    • agentblackacid

      Mar 25th 2010, 9:03

      How anybody would want to watch this now is beyond me, it also casts doubts over Conan now if Paradox Entertainment as so blind as to employ this idiot to direct(???) one of their movies. Paul WS Anderson is like a reverse Midas, everything he touches turns to c**p.

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    • avoidz

      Mar 26th 2010, 14:00

      They really reached into the director dung pile for this one. What a shame.

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    • Illustratedman

      Mar 26th 2010, 15:22

      I have less of a problem with Paul (Event Horizon) Anderson than I do with the whole idea of a Buck Rodgers reboot. And this would only be acceptable if Felix Silla returns to recreate his Twiki. ;)

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Mar 26th 2010, 21:49

      Is anyone bothering to write anything original anymore or are we cursed to a decade of poorly done remakes and reboots as the studios blatantly try to cash in on nostalgia and sentiment?

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