George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures to Produce New ‘Buck Rogers’ Series for Legendary

George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures to Produce New ‘Buck Rogers’ Series for Legendary

After returning to the small screen for the first time in decades with 2019's Catch-22, George Clooney is looking to resurrect the beloved sci-fi series Buck Rogers.

Details on this new take on the pulp hero are few and far between, but the film will likely be based on an upcoming comic series that is being written by Brian K. Vaughan.

Buck Rogers was created by Philip Francis Nowlan in the late 1920s and has lived across magazines, comics, radio shows, television, and movies ever since.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney along with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov have backed the project, which is now being written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Saga).

Buck Rogers, a sci-fi icon best known through Gil Gerad's performance of the character in the late '70s TV show, revolves around the story of Rogers waking up 500 years in the future after being trapped in suspended animation. Legendary used to have a TV deal with Warner Bros., so there's always a chance something like this could end up somewhere like HBO Max.

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He most recently starred in The Midnight Sky, which he also directed, which is now available on Netflix. In any case, Clooney will executive producer alongside frequent collaborator Grant Heslov via their Smokehouse banner.

Buck Rogers debuted in the pages of Amazing Stories all the way back in 1928.

How Vaughan decides to handle Buck Rogers' Rip Van Winkle years remains to be seen. However, the two TV shows in 1950 and 1979 were both short-lived. But after Miller's first solo directorial effort, The Spirit, flopped hard, his Buck Rogers movie quietly went away.

Smokehouse will be joined by Angry Films' Don Murphy and Susan Montford (Transformers, Real Steel) and Flint Dille, the grandson of John F. Dille who published the original Buck Rogers comic strip and whose Dille Family Trust owns the rights to the character.

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