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Buck Rogers – Clip of new web series featuring Gil Gerard and Erin Grey

Posted by LiveFor on March 6, 2010

As you no doubt know Gil Gerard and Erin Grey were Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering from the 1979 TV show.

Now they are back playing the parents of Buck in this new web series by James Cawley. Looks like they are taking Buck back to his period roots.

In this clip Buck (Bobby Rice) is trying to get his parents to let him go to France to join the Air corp during WWI. Not much sci-fi in it yet, but looking nice. If you want to know what the space ships will look like then check out the teaser trailer for it that was out last December.

Have a watch and let me know what you think. Good to see Gil and Erin back.

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Buck Rogers leaves Frank Miller behind

Posted by LiveFor on December 14, 2009

Not much of a surprise after the disaster that was Frank Miller’s adaption of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. He needs to stick to making comics.

Paradox, along with Lawrence Abramson and George Furla, is producing the long-awaited big screen return of sci-fi icon Buck Rogers but Frank Miller, who was previously attached to direct an earlier incarnation developed by different producers, is no longer involved.

No word on who will be taking over the helm or how far along the film actually is so it looks as if we’ll have to wait a while longer for a big screen Wilma Deering.

Paradox Entertainment develops and licenses mainly character-based properties, including the stories and characters of the late author Robert E. Howard. Their next movie will be Conan the Barbarian, which has been in full casting mode for the last month. We were told that rumors that Conan will be a teen for most of the story are untrue. No final casting decisions have been made or announced yet. Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Pathfinder) directs.

Who would you like to see direct Buck Rogers? More importantly who should play Buck?

Source: IGN

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Buck Rogers – Teaser trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 3, 2009

This is a teaser for a web series that is supposedly due out next year.

Looks nice, I just wonder whether the series will make it out.

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Buck Rogers – Alex Ross has given him a whole new look

Posted by LiveFor on April 22, 2009

Buck Rogers – sci-fi pulp hero. He’s been around for years in comics, radio play and TV shows featuring the lovely Wilma Deering. Now he is back with a new look in Dynamite Entertainment’s new comic book. Creator of Buck’s new wardrobe (which I feel is very Adam Strange in design, but then Adam Strange was very much inspired by Buck Rogers) and technology is artist extraordinaire, Alex Ross (Marvels, Justice, Project Superpowers etc). Comic Book Resources have a great interview with the artist along with some cool artwork. I’ve included part of the interview along with some pictures by Alex Ross and cover artist John Cassaday (Planetary).

If one theme pervades the entirety of Ross’ vision for the world of Buck Rogers, it’s the idea of a “neo retro” take to the hero and his world, taking the Depression-era designs that remain the visual cornerstones of space opera and marrying them with artistic techniques garnered from decades of science fiction art and movie special effects.

Ross dove deep into his reference library to pull together the new Buck’s motifs. “Looking at that suit exhaustively and thinking, ‘Is there anyway I could justify that original version so completely?’ and wishing that I could paint a new version of the exact thing they had done 70 years ago, I realized there were only so many things people were going to swallow,” the artist explained. “So I backed away from a lot of what had been and replaced it with this kind of ‘Tron’ effect. That was a big influential film from my childhood.

“With that same concept, part of my approach to this universe is that it uses that holographic hard light effect as part of their technology and their guns. The spaceships have a contour that gives the overwhelming effect of being the ships that were designed in the 1920s but with this projected, hard light effect that makes them look immaterial.”

The most divergent piece of Alex Ross’ Buck Rogers design from the origin source material – the hero’s propulsive jetpack – was inspired by a piece of art from the same era, the December 1932 “Wonder Stories” pulp cover by artist Frank R. Paul. “The jetpack was me riffing a completely different source from the 1930s – an old pulp cover – a design that wasn’t so much a jetpack as it a disc on the back of a flying man with three blades. But these weren’t moving propeller blades. They were almost something that would seem to be causing the person to be weightless. The glowing effect applied by my painting gives a hint to a phenomenal level of power that we don’t have which is somehow breaking the boundaries of gravity. I was bringing that one other element in because I think that the regular jetpack from Buck Rogers was pretty traditional. I don’t think it was entirely original in its design.”

Taking Ross’ designs from concept to penciled pages is interior artist Carlos Rafael, who teams with writer Scott Beatty on the Dynamite series, and the artist brought his own history with the character to bear in how he approached drawing the series. “Well, I already knew Buck Rogers from the ’70s TV show, which still runs on cable,” Rafael told CBR. “But through my interest in comics, I came across his older version, the comic strips one, several times. So I didn’t start to work on this story without knowing the character, but I was amazed by the new concept. It’s a modernized version of the retro visual. As a challenge, I think that in terms of design, the costume is a single piece, well balanced in light and shadow. Maybe the greatest challenge is the completely black uniform in certain environments. But it’s worked out studying the masses of light and shadow in the environment. I think that, overall, the aspect of the uniform is great and seeing it on paper is very exciting.”

Buck Rogers #0 will be available for $0.25 on Free Comic Book Day (May 2) with the ongoing series launch following in June.

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Frank Miller to do Buck Rogers

Posted by LiveFor on December 19, 2008

The early word on The Spirit movie by Frank Miller is that it is pretty bad (review coming soon) and that Frank should stick to doing the comic books or sitting next to Robert Rodriguez when he directs.

However, Odd Lot Entertainment, the creator and production company behind The Spirit, are close to teaming again on the classic sci-fi property Buck Rogers. Seems like an odd thing to commit to when The Spirit hasn’t even been released yet.

Hollywood Reporter have the news and they say, “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.”

I personally hope that, if Miller does make the film, that he tries to edge away from the green screen style set up in Sin City and The Spirit.

Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers is best known from the long-running syndicated newspaper comic strip. He also appeared in a radio show, a movie serial starring Buster Crabbe (above). Most recently there was the television series starring Gil Gerard as Buck and the lovely Erin Gray as Wilma Deering (right).

What would you want to see in a Buch Rogers films? Dark and menacing or primary colours and annoying short robots?

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