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Buck Rogers In The 21st Century
Sci-fi icon to hit the big screen

09 May 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: Variety

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It’s all very much in the rumour stages but we can’t help but get a little bit excited about the prospect of a big-screen adaptation of that most time travelling-est of astronauts, Buck Rogers.
Who he? You may be asking (and if you are, you’re making us feel old so thanks for that), Buck Rogers is the star of countless comic strips, radio shows, movie serials and a rather great 80s TV series. Created in 1928 by a fella called Philip Nowlan, Buck is a test pilot who falls into a coma, only to awaken in the 25th century and get involved in manner of alien encounters and outer space-related shenanigans.
Holding a special place in our hearts due to the regular appearance of a midget robot called Twiki who just said his name over and over again in a strangely endearing way and the laconically magnificent Gil Gerard in the title role (a sort of proto Nathan Fillion), the news that a movie adaptation is in the works can only be a good thing. Plus, when you factor in the possible directorial prowess of one Frank Miller, a guy who is proving to be rather adept at wielding the megaphone, and you’ve got us very interested indeed.

It’s early days, with no release date or indeed cast and crew announced yet (Miller is only rumoured to be attached) but who do you think would make for a good Buck Rogers? Naturally, we’re plumping for Fillion, if only to see our favourite Serenity star back in space once again.  

 Watch this space for all the latest developments.

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If Buck Rogers fails to make it to the big screen, fear not as a naughty movie could be made instead and we'd call it More

Posted by VijayUK at 08:05 on 10 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Bidi Bidi Bidi
As long as Frank doesn't make it look like yThe Spirite happy, though I still think he's a odd choice for this. I'd be quite interested in an animated version inspired by the redesigned Buck Rogers sketch the late comic artist Mike Wieringo did last year.   More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 22:10 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Bidi Bidi Bidi
I remember pointing at old ladies and saying "Bidi Bidi Bidi" oh happy days of youthful cruelty. I'm gonna do it again tomorrow! More

Posted by kinge247 at 19:41 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

oh great
they're going to make it all serious. If Frank Miller's attached I suspect this will be quite po-faced. Now, before the Geekoids shit their pants, let me say this. I know Miller's work, I liked Dark Knight Returns. I liked 300 and I liked Sin City. But they were heightened reality, and all original works. This is an adaptation of every young boy's favourite tv programme. Andnot because of Buck, oh no. I',m talking about Erin Grey as Wilma in those tight, tight catsuits. Fuck me she was gorgeous More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 19:35 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

I used to love the Buck Rogers game for the Mega Drive. It was truly awesome. Of course, I was five at the time... More

Posted by riothejedi at 19:03 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

What's Up, Doc?
Your memories are failing, guys. Twiki didn't "just say his name and over and over" (though he did spend in an inordinate amount of time doing this). He had a complete English vocab, voiced for most of the series by the fab voice actor, Mel Blanc, more famous for his Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck renditions. That's how all robots should talk! More

Posted by Dartfordian at 17:21 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Forget Nathan fillion,Brendan fraser should play Buck! More

Posted by darth silas at 17:00 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

bout fekin time
fantastic news,frank miller too????????ace.nathan fallion would indeed be a good choice,but NEVER forget the goddess that was willma babe. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:35 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

I think Jimmy Connors would be a good choice for the role. More

Posted by VijayUK at 15:03 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

I remember there being some hot girls in Buck Rogers, but I was young at the time. Anyway, wasn't BR re-made, in the form of the TV show Farscape? More

Posted by VijayUK at 15:00 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

This is great news and yes Nathan Fillion would be perfect. But who could ever replace Erin Gray?? I was only 7 but I just couldn't take my eyes of her!! More

Posted by Big Red at 14:39 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

The South Park spoof is still the best update Rogers could ever get. And Nathan Fillion should be in everything. Ever. Revive him if needed. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 13:00 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Three words:
Colonel WIlma Deering. My first pre-pubescent crush. Ahhh, happy memories. More

Posted by Bushman at 12:44 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

will they have dancing with hula hoop scenes like in the series? More

Posted by bonniee at 12:28 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Buck Rogers In The 21st Century
What's the point?   More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 12:27 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Buck Rogers In The 21st Century
21st century? That should be exciting seeing as he spent all of it in suspended animation. More

Posted by Mason Verger at 12:23 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

perfect casting
yes def Nathan Fillion, hope the studio goes for him, It makes me cry inside when I see him doing cack like Desperate Housewives Gorram it! More

Posted by richithekiller at 11:51 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Bidi-bidi-bidi-Buck off! I hated that little robot twat. Guy Pierce is my suggestion for Bucko. Though I'd rather a John Carter film. Never read it but sounds a very interesting story. Oh! And a live action Dan Dare! With Damian Lewis as Dare. How cool would that be!? More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 11:42 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers
Pity, Gil Gerard let himself go. He's the size of a small moon now. Fillion would be great AND it is possible as Nu Image and Millenium Films have thr rights and they're not realyl a HUGE studio with the budget to command a huge star. Here's hoping. More

Posted by Timon at 11:26 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Yummy, Wilma Deering..... Have we even got anyone as hot as Erin Gray was in the 80's around to play the role. 'Cos I can't think of anyone, except maybe Uma Thurman... More

Posted by Optimus Frag at 10:55 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

For f#*%'s sake not that poxy robot. More

Posted by steveg66 at 10:47 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Buck Rogers In The 21st Century
Definitely Nathan Fillion!! I'm half way through the Firefly series and I can't believe it was cancelled! Now I know what all the outrage was about from fans! This would be a perfect role for him but may leave him typecast to such movies!! Well done empire, continue to plug him for big roles and hopefully some director will pick up on it. He's had his Han Solo movie with serenity, lets see him in an indiana-esque adventure!! The new Harrison Ford!  More

Posted by Colpol at 10:47 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

More importantly, who are they going to get to play super-hot Col. Wilma Deering? Hubba hubba. Oh Erin Gray, how happy you made my childhood years.... More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 10:42 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Twiki's catchphrase was actually "Bidi Bidi Bidi" More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 10:40 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

buck bsg
Me hoping for a BSG style make over, with buck waking up in the mists of an all out giant galatic war. BIDI BIDI.  More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 10:34 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

It's a new Empire law...
...that whenever an iconic role somewhere on the peripheries of nostaliga or geekiness is available, everyone will suggest Nathan Fillion. Just think how rich the guy would be if Empire forum readers ran Hollywood...! More

Posted by britesparc at 10:33 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

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