Again in October 2020, we reported that Legendary Leisure was securing the display rights to one in every of sci-fi’s oldest and most underused characters, Buck Rogers and now the reboot/reimagining has attracted a major Hollywood participant, actor and director George Clooney.
In line with The Hollywood Reporter, each Clooney and his Smokehouse Footage companion Grant Heslov will act as government producers for the brand new present, which is being developed to permit Clooney to take a starring function. Nonetheless, the Hollywood Reporter additionally says that insiders insist there’s presently no performing deal in place, so we’ll need to see what transpires. Is Clooney eyeing the title function? If not, who can be a very good match? Maybe he is considering extra alongside the strains of a Dr. Huer-esque mentor-type function?
Clooney and Heslov be part of Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who’re producing the present via their firm, Indignant Movies, whose credit embrace “Transformers” and “Actual Metal.” They’ll all be joined by co-producer Flint Dille, the grandson of John F. Dille; he was the pinnacle of the Nationwide Newspaper Syndicate and commissioned Philip Nowlan to show his novel “Armageddon 2419” into the sketch “Buck Rogers within the 25th Century” in 1928 and thus the character was born.
The brand new incarnation is being written by Brian Okay. Vaughan (“Misplaced,” “Runaways”), apparently with the aim of launching a characteristic movement image and an anime off-shoot if the preliminary collection is successful.
The final time Buck Rogers appeared on the small display — not together with reruns — was April 1981 when Gil Gerard took the titular function and Glen A. Larson produced the present. The collection gave us so many iconic components of up to date science fiction, together with Twiki, house vampires, the Draconian Empire and the superior Thunderfighter. Earlier than that, former Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe starred in a Saturday morning serial movie in 1939. Forty years later, Crabbe had a cameo function as Brigadier Gordon alongside Gerard within the “Buck Rogers within the 25th Century” episode “Planet of the Slave Ladies” (S01, E03)
Whereas some reboots presently in manufacturing stay questionable (NBC and its “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, for instance) this one is means overdue. Though fairly why nobody has tailored “Improve” right into a sci-fi drama tv present is baffling. The Gray Hint character may turn into a cop for instance, à la the vastly underrated “Nearly Human.”
However will it occur?
On Tuesday (Feb. 2), Deadline Hollywood reported that the Buck Rogers property, overseen by the Nowlan Household Belief, is seeking to put an finish to this reboot and has despatched a stop and desist letter through mail and e mail to Michael Ross, Legendary Leisure EVP of Enterprise Affairs. The property contends that “the Buck Rogers pursuits” have already penned an settlement with David Ellison’s Skydance Productions to take advantage of the property.
The letter goes on to say that Legendary and all different events concerned within the lately introduced declare ought to abandon making such claims that they’ve secured the rights to the property. “You might be directed to advise all third events, together with any insurers, distributors, and financiers that there isn’t any chain of title held by Legendary/Murphy.”
Whereas this all sounds very ultimate, Deadline notes that a cease-and-desist letter doesn’t imply a lot until you’re prepared to again it up with an precise lawsuit. And Legendary is way from an novice leisure manufacturing firm working out of a storage.
“We now have secured the rights we have to proceed with our mission and the corporate won’t remark any additional on these baseless claims.” a spokesperson for Legendary informed Deadline. “This identical occasion has been claiming for years that they’ve rights which they don’t have and have been attempting to inhibit tasks primarily based on rights they don’t legally management.”
That mentioned, the legal professionals representing the property, Johnson & Johnson, are removed from novice attorneys from rural Alabama. They’ve secured some important leisure business authorized victories previously. It is completely doable that this unlucky case may drag on and rapidly turn into very costly, which is a rattling disgrace, as a result of we had been actually wanting ahead to it.