George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Slated to Produce a Series Based on Buck Rogers Comics
If you thought George Clooney was a thing of the past, you were wrong. He’s heading into the future. Four centuries from now, to be exact. Clooney has signed on to executive produce a Buck Rogers series for Legendary, through his company Smokehouse Pictures. Contrary to rumors, Clooney will not be acting in the show at all. He is strictly a producer.
The Staff Members We Know Of
Grant Heslov, Clooney’s business partner, is also on board to produce. Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angry Films will join forces with Smokehouse for production as well. Brian K. Vaughan will write. You may know him from Under the Dome or Y: The Last Man. Flint Dille, the grandson of the original publisher of Buck Rogers comics, will also assist as a producer. No word yet on the cast or when production will start.
So Who Is Buck Rogers?
While Buck Rogers became a household name in the 1930s, his premiere came in 1928. And back then he was Anthony Rogers. Philip Francis Nowlan published his story in a science fiction magazine, as a novella titled Armageddon 2419 A.D. Rogers is a WWI veteran, and while he is investigating a cave-in at a mine, he becomes trapped in a state of “suspended animation” for almost five hundred years. He wakes to a ravaged landscape of what used to be the United States of America.
Rogers got his new name, Buck, upon becoming a comic star in 1929. The John F. Dille Co. published “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.”, creating a brand new household hero. The comics ran for years, and inspired full-on comic books, radio shows, and movie adaptations. And now George Clooney and company are putting their spin on the classic tale.
Unfortunately for Buck, new franchises emerged in the 60s and 70s like Star Trek and Star Wars, which made him old news. The latest adaptation was an NBC series in 1979, which only ran for two seasons. Hopefully, Smokehouse will bring new life to the classic.