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    Frank Miller is set to direct Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Apparently this adaptation will feature "comedy" and jokes about the cheapness of the old series.

    For a refresher...the old series...
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited
    Whatever happened to Sin City 2?


    UPDATED: IGN was contacted by Nu Image/Millennium Films who advised us that no deal is set yet for the rights or Miller, and that they are still mulling over director contenders.

    So I guess it's a wait-and-see sort of deal. Could be amusing.
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    Apparently this adaptation will feature "comedy" and jokes about the cheapness of the old series.

    Urk no.

    I rarely react that way, but the "self-referential meta lets make the movie a series of jokes about the old TV series" is a trend best left dead. Its satire based on weak nostalgia and a-historical memories of shows that worked in the context of time. Lets do this "straight" or rebuilt alla BSG please, if it is going to be done...
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    Personally, I hate nostalgia. Look at Star Wars (not in the face, it burns) where you have legions of fans who loved it as kiddies and were all but murderous when the prequels failed to live up to those expectations. The reason they loved it as kids is because they were kids. You can't go back to being ten years old, though a good number of my generation dress like it, and accepting of any old crap that has shiny laserbeams.

    Remakes and refashions and respins are rehashes. Give us THE NEW.
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    I'd appreciate one or two cheesiness in-jokes, but for the most part I'd want this to be Buck shooting things with lasers and generally being Han Solo.

    And killer robots. Menacing ones.
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    Well, I think a line can be drawn between nostalgia and a retelling that reminds us of why ideas worked in the first place. In the spirit of where we are, for example, take the pulp foundations of Planetary or, better yet, the first Apparat comics. Both are based in the old but are quite far away from any sort of sickly colored nostalgia. Some genre ideas are classic - Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, Superman and so on, and they can work again and again and still bring new visions and ideas each time.

    I think Buck Rodgers qualifies in such company, much like its fellows Flash Gordon and Dan Dare. The thing which seems awful here is this is going to be another one of those absurd "remember when the TV show did THIS!" joke movies. Maybe they can cast Ben Stiller.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    It'd be odd if that kind of movie came from Frank Miller though, usually his retellings and pointing out of what use to be of a comic book, gave us things like The Dark Knight Returns. Can we really say that a spoof, funny kind of story, like Starsky and Hutch, can be expected out of Frank Miller?
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    yknow.. Erin Gray looks really good in that photo.
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    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    I've never even watched Buck Rogers and I can already tell this is a bad idea.
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    I do not care much for Millers more recent work but...

    I actually think Miller could save this project from whatever doom the studio/producer folks have planned. Cause he would probably be one of the few people involved that realize this character existed 50 years before Gil Gerard and Erin Grey. He might inject a very badly needed retro pulp feel to it and erase the bad taste of 80's television and white jumpsuits.

    I have faith in you Frank, this time around.
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    Frank Miller is not actually attached to the project. Most of the coverage is regurgitating an IGN piece which doesn't seem to be accurate.

    PS: I tagged my blog post about this with " ideas as appetizing as a lemur placenta".
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    if these properties aren't treated in the right way they end up affecting me in the same way the thought of how many people my drinking water has passed through does
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    Frank Miller is not actually attached to the project. Most of the coverage is regurgitating an IGN piece which doesn't seem to be accurate.

    Well, had my doubts. Which leaves us with a Starksy and Hutch like pile of nonsense as the entire plan. Nothing more to say about that really.
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    I know I used to watch the show when it was on the air, but all I can remember is Erin Grey's ass in white spandex....
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    oh no; i have truly outlived any usefulness i may have had. i am sorry but i am going to 'hurl' now. looks up the definition of seppuku yet again!
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    now be honest... you remember TWIKI.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    If true, and Miller does a straight-forward pulpy sci-fi thing, I'd probably see it in the theater.

    If Miller "Millerizes" it, and has Buck laughing like a crazy man in a trenchcoat screaming "EAT LAZERS, ROBOT PUNKS!" I would watch it several times, bringing friends and laugh our asses off.

    I'm not sure what that says about me.
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    @ScottS - And when I do, it's always with the vision of Tom Servo and Crow T Robot beating the shit out of him with lead pipes and cricket bats and dumping him in a garbage can filled with acid and piranha....
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008

    well see, that's all well and good. I'm just saying even Erin Gray's spandex-covered butt can't blot out memories of twiki. I wish it could. But it can't.