Legendary‘s upcoming Buck Rogers reboot series is getting some help from a Hollywood heavy-weight as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that George Clooney has boarded with his company Smokehouse Pictures to produce the latest incarnation of the sci-fi hero. The new series is being written by Brian K. Vaughn.
Adding he might end up playing the titular character as well.
The character of Rogers first appeared in a story titled Armageddon 2419 and published in a 1928 issue of pulp mainstay, Amazing Stories. Written by Philip Francis Nowlan, the story told of a man who is trapped in a coal mine during a cave-in, falls into suspended animation and Rip Van Winkle-style wakes up almost 500 years into the future. There, he is enlisted to help fight a war between several gangs in what was once America.
George Clooney is not a stranger to the science fiction genre with films Gravity, Solaris, The Midnight Sky, and Disney’s Tomorrowland. Not to mention the cinematic achievement Return of The Killer Tomatoes!.
It’s still unknown where Buck Rogers will ultimately land as a streamer or network has yet to pick-up the show. Legendary is currently working on HBO Max’s Dune: The Sisterhood alongside Skull Island and Tomb Raider, two recently announced anime series for streaming giant Netflix.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER