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Frank Miller and Odd Lot Entertainment, the creator and production company behind upcoming The Spirit are close to teaming again on the classic sci-fi property Buck Rogers, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Odd Lot is in negotiations to option the rights to "Rogers" from Nu Image/Millennium, which obtained those rights this year from the Dille Trust. Millennium is expected to get a credit on the movie but won't be involved in day-to-day production.

Miller will write and direct his own big-screen take on the comic serial; while the creator has only begun 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.

It's likely to be a priority project for Miller, though he has been mulling a Sin City sequel.

One of the first pop-culture vehicles to tackle the issue of space exploration, the story of Buck Rogers began life as a comic serial in the late 1920's and early '30's and has seen numerous film and television versions over the years.



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Paradox Entertainment, which is currently rebooting the Conan franchise, has acquired the rights to create a new Buck Rogers film and hired Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat) to direct the science fiction epic from a script by Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.

Paradox’s Frederik Malmberg told Variety that “Buck Rogers is among our top priorities once we wrap Conan.” Variety also indicated that the Buck Rogers film would likely be shot in 3D, which is currently all the rage in Tinseltown thanks to the success of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.

In December of 2008 The Hollywood Reporter ran a story indicating that Frank Miller would write and direct a Buck Rogers film (see “Miller on Buck Rogers Movie”), but that was before Miller’s film adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit bombed. Buck Rogers first appeared in the science fiction pulp magazine Amazing Stories, but found its greatest fame in a syndicated comic strip that ran from 1929 to 1967. Dynamite currently publishes a Buck Rogers comic book series.

And now it'll be in 3D! X'D


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