Hack director Paul WS Anderson has landed the job of directing a 3D adaptation of the classic comic strip adventure hero Buck Rogers. Anderson’s previous crimes against humanity and cinema include the 1995 Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Soldier and the first Alien Vs. Predator movie.
Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are set to write the screenplay of a World War One veteran who goes into suspended animation in the 1920s and awakens 2419 in time to help fight to free America from an invasion from a foreign country. Buck Rogers has already had adventures in a 12-part serial starring Buster Crabbe, a radio series and two television series. Previously, Frank Miller had been attached to direct.
I have to admit that the character of Buck Rogers does hold a special place in my geek heart. In creator Philip Frances Nowlan’s original 1928 novella Armageddon 2419 AD, Buck was inspecting a mine in 1927 for the American Radioactive Gas Corporation when he was trapped in a cave-in and went into suspended animation for nearly five centuries. The mine was located in the Wyoming Valley, a section of the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and which houses the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. It also happens to be the region where I spent much of my adolescence and from where FilmBuffOnline is based. (The daily comic strip which would appear a year later would change the mine’s location to near Pittsburgh.)