Comic legend Frank Miller and Odd Lot Entertainment, the team behind the upcoming The Spirit film adaptation, are looking to bring the cult classic sci-fi comic-turned-TV-series Buck Rogers to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Odd Lot is in negotiations to option the rights to the “franchise” from Nu Image/Millennium, which obtained those rights this year from the Dille Trust.
Miller is attached to write and direct adaptation. While the artist has only started to sketch ideas, it’s expected to be a darker take, with many of Miller’s signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption.
Buck Rogers may be a priority project for Miller, although he has been looking at a Sin City sequel for some time.
ABC had a Buck Rogers TV series in the 1950s, and NBC produced a popular movie and TV series in the late 1970s and early ’80s, which imagined the space explorer as someone who woke up in the 25th century to find Earth destroyed and was then forced to roam distant planets.
Below is a mash up of scenes from the late 1970s – early 80s NBC show that starred Gil Gerard and Erin Gray.
Below is a scene from a 1935 version of Buck Rogers.