Legendary has won the rights to the vast library of Buck Rogers stories and will produce upcoming TV and film projects based on the character.
TheWrap is reporting that Legendary has officially acquired the movie rights to the iconic sci-fi hero, Buck Rogers. Don Murphy (Natural Born Killers, Transformers) will produce through his Angry Films production banner. The upcoming project will be based on Armageddon 2419 A.D. with Legendary aiming to do what they couldn’t with the Dark Tower franchise by developing a series that will lead into a big budget blockbuster film as well as an anime styled animated series.
Buck Rogers was originally introduced in Philip Francis Nowlan’s 1928 science fiction novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. as Anthony Rogers. The character has been the star of a film serial, a radio program and after being inspired by the success of Star Wars, NBC Universal green-lit a series that would span two seasons from 1979-1981.
Don Murphy originally announced that he was working on a Armageddon 2419 A.D. movie featuring Buck Rogers at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, but the legal battle to bring the project to the big screen has force it to be delayed numerous times. The story revolves around a character known as Buck Rogers, a coal miner who falls into a state of suspended animation and awakens after 492 years finding himself in the midst of a planetary war.
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