Actor/Filmmaker George Clooney is circling the big screen reboot of Buck Rogers currently being developed by Legendary.
Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary is currently developing a prestige limited series that is being written by Brian K. Vaughan with the goal of launching a film and an anime off-shoot if the initial series is a success.
Clooney has boarded the project as executive producer, along with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. The project is being developed as a potential starring vehicle although insiders insist there is currently no acting deal in place.
Clooney and Heslov have joined Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, whose credits include Transformers and Real Steel, to produce along with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator.
The character of Rogers first appeared in a story titled Armageddon 2419 and published in a 1928 issue of pulp mainstay, Amazing Stories. Written by Philip Francis Nowlan, the story told of a man who is trapped in a coal mine during a cave-in, falls into suspended animation and Rip Van Winkle-style wakes up almost 500 years into the future. There, he is enlisted to help fight a war between several gangs in what was once America.
But old time fans might be most familiar with the 1970s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television series. The series ran for two seasons between September 1979 and April 1981, and the feature-length pilot episode for the series was released as a theatrical filmbefore the series aired. The film and series were developed by Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens, based on the character Buck Rogers created in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan that had previously been featured in comic strips, novellas, a serial film, and on television and radio. Rogers was played by Gil Gerald who was aided by his sultry companion, Colonel Wilma Deering played by Erin Grey and the lovable robot friend, Twiki.
What do you think of Clooney as Buck Rogers? Let us know in the comments.