Buck Rogers’ origin story is finally heading to the big screen.
Deadline reports that thanks to Angryfilms, the sci-fi classic Armageddon 2419 A.D., written in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan and published in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories, will head to the big screen in the near future.
The story centers on Anthony Rogers (Buck Rogers' original name), who, after he investigates a mysterious gas leak in an abandoned coal mine and gets trapped in a cave-in, falls into suspended animation for nearly 500 years (492, to be exact). He then awakens in 2419, where a "futuristic" Civil War is now being waged between what’s left of the United States and futuristic Soviets and Mongolians.
Armageddon 2419 A.D. was a bit of a prescient novel for the time. It predicted things like ray guns, drones, cell phones, night-vision goggles and even (in later stories) jetpacks. As Buck Rogers, Anthony Rogers became highly popular in the comics pages of the newspapers of the time. It later became an equally popular film serial, a radio program and a 1979 NBC series (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) starring Gil Gerard in the titular role that ran for only two seasons. Deadline says:
The new film will focus on a future informed by the present and predicts a 2419 based on scientific/technological advances in the last 90 years since the novel was originally published. The Rogers character, having lost everyone he loved centuries ago, will be darker and more brooding, a fish out of water who struggles to find a way to fit in to a war-torn world.
The upcoming movie will be scripted by Flint Dille (The Transformers), who has a series of graphic novels titled Agent 13 in active development over at Universal, and Ed Neumeier (RoboCop, Starship Troopers). The project is being produced by Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angryfilms (Real Steel and the Transformers series). They plan to shop around a visual presentation to various studios in hopes of creating a big blockbuster movie franchise.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing Buck Rogers blowing up the big screen in the near future in Armageddon 2419 A.D.?