George Clooney partners with Legendary to revive Buck Rogers
Just months after announcing plans to bring the iconic sci-fi character back to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Legendary has tapped George Clooney to support his multi-platform Buck Rogers Revival.
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The two-time Oscar winner has committed to the limited series adaptation with partner Grant Heslov (Catch-22) through their Smokehouse Pictures banner alongside Don Murphy of Angry Films, Susan Montford, and Flint Dille, the franchise inventor’s grandson. While Clooney is also being sought out for a lead role in the franchise and the project is being developed as a potential star vehicle, there are currently no acting stores for that, according to sources Midnight sky Stern and Helmer.
Murphy was attached to a new adaptation of Buck Rogers Since 2015, before the Dille Family Trust hit a wall, it had attempted to claim the copyright on Rogers and resulted in a lengthy legal battle between the two. The case was ultimately dismissed when the judge found the trust was improperly handling intellectual property and ignored judicial guidelines and abused legal procedures in filing for bankruptcy.
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Sources previously reported that Legendary intends to develop the Buck Rogers property into a big screen franchise that will become aPrestige television series as well as an anime seriesTo expand the world of the 25th century for the public.
Rogers was created by Nowlan and debuted in the 1928 edition of Amazing stories in a story called “Armageddon 2419”, following the central hero, a man who was trapped during a collapse in a coal mine and is punctually suspended and wakes up nearly 500 years in the future where he pledged against a to help war between gangs in former America.
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John F. Dille Co. eventually brought the character to the comic book world with the strip Buck Rogers 1929 which made it a bestseller popularity, expanding it to toys, radio plays, comics, a Buster Crabbe film series, and the 1979 cult favorite NBC TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th century with Gil Gerard in the title role. The wheels of a new adaptation began to turn in 2008 when Frank Miller was supposed to write and direct a film, which was canceled after the critical and commercial failure of its adaptation The ghost.
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