Brian K. Vaughan to Write Buck Rogers TV Series for Legendary

Buck Rogers movie poster and Brian K Vaughan
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Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing via their Angry Films banner along with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator.

Brian K. Vaughan, the comics author behind Y: The Last Man and Saga, has been tapped to pen Legendary’s television series adaptation of classic pulp hero Buck Rogers.

Don Murphy and Susan Montford, whose credits include Transformers and Real Steel, will produce via their Angry Films banner along with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator.

Legendary, behind the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune and movies such as Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, is envisioning a multi-platform and multi-medium approach to the character, developing concurrently a prestige television series, a feature film and an anime series.

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.

Rogers was turned into a comic strip — titled simply Buck Rogers — in 1929 by the John F.  Dille Co., whereupon the character’s popularity exploded across the country. Soon, toys, radio plays, comic books and a movie serial starring Buster Crabbe followed.

In 1979, NBC produced a short-lived but fondly-remembered series titled Buck Rogers in the 25th Century that starred Gil Gerard and Erin Gray and introduced a robot sidekick named Twiki and a talking computer named Dr. Theopolis.

Vaughan made his name in the comics space with his series Y, which envisioned a world without men, and Saga, a sci-fi fantasy about two parents trying to keep their baby safe amid a galactic war, winning Eisner and Harvey Awards. Other critically adored works from Vaughan include Ex Machina, Paper Girls and Marvel’s Runaways. 

The author also worked as a writer on ABC’s Lost and acted as showrunner and exec producer of buzzy Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome. He is an exec producer of the forthcoming series adaptation of Y, which hails from FX and stars Diane Lane.

This new deal falls under Legendary’s overall pact with the creator, who is repped by Verve and Ziffren Brittenham.