Paul W.S. Anderson Directing, Marcum And Holloway Writing Big Screen Reboot Of BUCK ROGERS
Beverly Hills, CA (March 25, 2010)
Paul W.S. Anderson is directing a reboot of the classic adventurer BUCK ROGERS, screenplay by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
Anderson has previously directed such theatrical successes as â€œMortal Kombatâ€, â€œResident Evilâ€, â€œAlien vs Predatorâ€ and, most recently, â€œResident Evil: Afterlifeâ€, shot using the James Cameron/Vincent Pace 3D camera system. â€œIron Manâ€ writers Marcum and Holloway most recently wrote the upcoming film â€œHighlanderâ€. BUCK ROGERS will be produced by Lawrence Abramson, Jeremy Bolt and Fredrik Malmberg, with George Furla, Paul W.S. Anderson and Flint Dille executive producing.
Buck Rogers spans more than eight decades of popular culture and introduced the idea of a present day, relatable hero flung into the future. Even today, fans of the Buck phenomenon marvel at how the original Buck Rogers stories continue to foreshadow so many of todayâ€™s space age technologies.
Buck first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers in the Philip Francis Nowlanâ€™s novella Armageddon 2419 A.D in the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. The original character caught the attention of John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Syndicate of America, who turned it into the comic strip â€œBuck Rogers in the 25th Centuryâ€. Published from 1929 to 1967, the strip was published in 400 newspapers throughout the world in 18 languages.
In 1932 the Buck Rogers radio program hit the airwaves, airing 4 times a week for 15 years, and in 1939 Buck was first seen on the big screen in a 12-episode film serial starring Larry â€œBusterâ€ Crabbe. The first television series aired from 1950 to 1951 on ABC. In 1979, Buck Rogers was revived and updated in the form of a theatrically released pilot film and subsequently two seasons of a television series on NBC, starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. Airing from 1979 to 1981, this series remains a cult favorite.
â€œBuck 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,â€ says Paul W.S. Anderson.
â€œWe are very happy to be in business with Paul W.S. Anderson â€“ he is one of the rare directors who have proven time and time again that he knows not only how to make a great film but also how to launch a franchise. With a talented team like Anderson, Marcum and Holloway, we believe this is a wonderful opportunity to bring BUCK back to his existing fans and introduce him to a new generation. BUCK is among our top priorities after weâ€™ve wrapped CONAN, which just started shooting in Bulgaria,â€ says Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment.
Paradox Entertainment, Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Productions acquired the movie rights to Buck Rogers from the IP owner, the Dille Family Trust, in March 2009. Paul W.S. Anderson, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are represented by ICM. Nick Reed packaged the project while at ICM and negotiated the deal with Paradox Entertainmentâ€™s General Counsel Frederick U. Fierst at Fierst Pucci & Kane.