The name Frank Frazetta may not immediately jump out at you, but there’s a very good chance that over the duration of your years on this planet, you’ve probably seen something that was born from his mind. Frazetta was an artist who was responsible for countless comics, posters, music albums, and some of the most popular book cover art ever created.
On Monday, Mr. Frazetta passed away at the age of 82 in Florida. The artist died after complications arose from a stroke he had suffered.
Buck Rogers is an iconic character that has been used in comics, TV shows and pretty much every other form of entertainment since he first originated in the late 1920s.
Deadline Hollywood reports that a brand new movie based on the immortal character called Buck Rogers: The Movie (doubtful this will be the official title) is now in the works, and naturally, it will be released in 3D. The new deal comes with a director as well; Paul W.S. Anderson is set and ready to helm the project, whose rights are currently controlled by Paradox Entertainment.
A while back it was rumored that Frank Miller was interested in directing a new Buck Rogers movie. Now, it’s being reported that Odd Lot Entertainment, the studio behind Miller’s Christmas Day debut The Spirit, are in negotiations to option the rights of Buck Rogers from Nu Image/Millennium, who obviously didn’t find any use for the property.
Buck Rogers is one of those characters that has been around for decades, having debuted in 1928 and shown up in many various forms from comic to TV to movies. No word on what the storyline would be if Frank Miller takes the story, just that it would likely be a darker take on the character doing heroic stuff in space.
It will be curious to see how this plays out. One would assume that Odd Lot might want to wait and see how The Spirit does before committing to something like this; and if early reports are any indication, it doesn’t sound like The Spirit will be breaking any records.