George Clooney is gearing up for another adventure in outer space, with the actor looking to produce and star in a new television series take on the influential science fiction character, Buck Rogers. While no deal is yet in place for Clooney to take on a starring role, reports indicate that he is being eyed to feature in the series, though in what capacity remains uncertain. Will Clooney play Buck Rogers TV Reboot himself? Or will he instead play a supporting role much like his part in the miniseries Catch-22?
George Clooney though is confirmed to be on board as a producer along with regular producing partner Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse banner (Catch-22). This new Buck Rogers adventure comes courtesy of Legendary Entertainment (Godzilla vs. Kong), with Don Murphy and Susan Montford also set to produce the series through their Angry Films banner (Real Steel). Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers publisher John F. Dill, is also involved in the production of the series.
Celebrated comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) is on board to pen the script for the Buck Rogers television series. Vaughan's involvement was announced just two months after the studio first revealed their intentions to turn the sci-fi icon into a modern-day franchise, with plans reportedly in place for Buck Rogers to span both the big and small screen.
Legendary are reportedly hoping to spawn a Buck Rogers franchise similar to director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal novel, Dune, with both of these iconic works set to span movies, television, and even animated series. Incidentally, a Buck Rogers anime series is already in the works.
Created way, way back in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan in the novella Armageddon 2419 A.D., Buck Rogers has since appeared across multiple media, including comic book strips, movies, and TV series. A veteran of the first World War, Buck Rogers begins working for the American Radioactive Gas Corporation, where he investigates reports of unusual phenomena in abandoned coal mines near Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. On one of these explorations, a sudden cave-in buries Rogers, exposing him to radioactive gas. Rogers falls into "a state of suspended animation, free from the ravages of catabolic processes, and without any apparent effect on physical or mental faculties," and remains in this state for 492 years, before awakening in the year 2419.
The last successful Buck Rogers live action adventure was an NBC TV movie in the 1970's, which spawned the popular television series. Titled Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the show starred Gil Gerard as Captain William "Buck" Rogers and Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering. There have been several attempts to revive Buck Rogers over the years, both on the big and small screen, and while none of them came to fruition, the talent behind this modern take should hopefully provide something worth waiting for.
While no other plot or casting details have yet been revealed, Clooney's involvement is certainly a promising addition to the Buck Rogers series, and it should prove interesting to see how he and writer Brian K Vaughan approach the material for the modern age. This comes to us from Deadline.