According to Deadline New York the new film adaptation of BUCK ROGERS is back on track and Paul WS Anderson (EVENT HORIZON, AVP) is set to direct. Originally Frank Miller was meant to be calling the shots but after the box office and critical failure that was THE SPIRIT, Anderson has managed to convince rights holders Paradox that he’s the man for the job.
Sci-fi favourite Buck Rogers has been a highly profitable and durable franchise, starting life as a short story written by Philip Francis Nowlan way back in 1928. Since then the character has featured in comic strips, radio plays, computer games and several film and TV adaptations. A new entry into the film cannon has been on the cards for some time now and it’s good to see it finally coming to fruition. Choosing Anderson as director, on the other hand, is not such a promising development. The director has rarely done anything of merit, prefering to reel out terrible video game adaptations such as MORTAL KOMBAT and RESIDENT EVIL over the course of his career.
The project is still in the early stages of development, with IRON MAN scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway set to write the script, so no release date has been set. What do you think, is Paul WS Anderson the man to direct the new BUCK ROGERS?