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Legendary Remains Confident in ‘Buck Rogers’ Rights After Latest Legal Threat

Legendary Remains Confident in ‘Buck Rogers’ Rights After Latest Legal Threat
Legendary Pictures maintains it is the rightful owners of the “Buck Rogers” rights following the latest legal threat from the Nowlan Family Trust, who claims they own the rights.

Legendary was hit with a cease and desist letter on Tuesday over the planned reboot with George Clooney, which was announced last week.

“We have secured the rights we need to proceed with our project and the company will not comment any further on these baseless claims,” Legendary said via a spokesperson. “This same party has been claiming for years that they have rights which they do not have and have been trying to inhibit projects based on rights they do not legally control.”

Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive produce a new television adaptation of “Buck Rogers” for Legendary under their Smokehouse banner. “Transformers” producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce via their Angry Films banner along with Flint Dille,
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‘Buck Rogers’ Estate Blasts Off Against Legendary Over George Clooney TV Reboot; Company Says It “Secured The Rights We Need”

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‘Buck Rogers’ Estate Blasts Off Against Legendary Over George Clooney TV Reboot; Company Says It “Secured The Rights We Need”
Exclusive: A growing dust-up over classic outer space hero Buck Rogers isn’t a fight over rights, and it won’t be warming up to become one if Legendary Entertainment has anything to say about it.

The Buck Rogers estate, overseen by the Nowlan Family Trust, on Tuesday fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Legendary about its recent announcement that it was developing a TV reboot of the popular sci-fi property. George Clooney and his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov are set to executive produce Legendary’s Buck Rogers project with a script by Brian K. Vaughn and Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford also producing.

In the brief-ish letter sent by email and snail mail to Michael Ross, Legendary Entertainment’s EVP Business Affairs, the estate contends that “the Buck Rogers interests” have already penned an agreement with David Ellison’s Skydance Productions to exploit the property.

“Be advised
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George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures to Produce New ‘Buck Rogers’ Series for Legendary

George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures to Produce New ‘Buck Rogers’ Series for Legendary
George Clooney is heading to the 25th century.

Through his production company Smokehouse Pictures, Clooney has signed on to executive produce a new limited series for Legendary based on the classic sci-fi character Buck Rogers, Variety has confirmed. Clooney will executive produce with partner Grant Heslov. A rep for Clooney says the actor-director is only signing onto the project in a producing capacity, and will not star, contrary to other reports. Legendary had no comment.

Brian K. Vaughan will write the series. Smokehouse is joining Angry Films heads Don Murphy and Susan Montford as producers, as well as Flint Dille, the grandson of the creator of the serialized comic strip that made Buck Rogers a household name in the 1930s. The series does not currently have distribution.

Rogers first appeared as Anthony Rogers in the August 1928 issue of the seminal science fiction magazine “Amazing Stories,” in a novella titled “Armageddon 2419 A.
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George Clooney & Smokehouse Board Legendary’s ‘Buck Rogers’ TV Reboot, Written By Brian K Vaughan

George Clooney & Smokehouse Board Legendary’s ‘Buck Rogers’ TV Reboot, Written By Brian K Vaughan
George Clooney, fresh from The Midnight Sky, is set to exec produce the television reboot of Buck Rogers.

Clooney and his Smokehouse co-founder Grant Heslov have joined the project, which is being written by comic book artist and Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan. Legendary is the studio.

Although no acting deals are in place, reports suggest that Clooney is being lined up to star.

The pair will exec produce with Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford and Flint Dille, the grandson of John F. Dille, the publisher of the original Buck Rogers comic strip.

It is based on the character created by Philip Francis Nowlan in 1928, which was later turned into a television series – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century for NBC. The show ran for two seasons from 1979.

It centered around Captain William Anthony “Buck” Rogers, played by Gil Gerard, a pilot, whose spacecraft malfunctions and Rogers is
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George Clooney Eyed to Star in ‘Buck Rogers’ Revival at Legendary

George Clooney Eyed to Star in ‘Buck Rogers’ Revival at Legendary
George Clooney will executive produce a new television adaptation of “Buck Rogers” for Legendary, and it is Legendary’s intention for Clooney to star in the project, insiders with knowledge told TheWrap.

Grant Heslov will also executive produce the project alongside Clooney under their Smokehouse banner. “Transformers” producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce via their Angry Films banner along with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator. New York Times bestselling and award-winning comic book creator, television and film writer Brian K Vaughan has been tapped to write the television adaptation.

The project is based on the characters and concepts introduced in the 1928 novella “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” novella by Philip Francis Nowlan. The story followed “Anthony Rogers,” a mining engineer from the 20th century who awakens from suspended animation after 500 years to find himself in the middle of a planetary war.

Nowlan and Chicago newspaperman John F.
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Brian K Vaughan to Write ‘Buck Rogers’ TV Adaptation for Legendary

Brian K Vaughan to Write ‘Buck Rogers’ TV Adaptation for Legendary
New York Times bestselling and award-winning comic book creator, television and film writer Brian K Vaughan has been tapped to write the television adaptation of “Buck Rogers” for Legendary. The deal falls under Legendary’s overall pact with Vaughan.

Transformers” producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce via their Angry Films banner along with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator.

The project is based on the “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” novella by Philip Francis Nowlan that introduced the Buck Rogers character in 1928. The story centers on a coal mine inspector who awakens from suspended animation after 500 years to find himself in the middle of a planetary war.

Buck Rogers” has been adapted into various comic strips, a movie serial, radio and television shows. Developed by Chicago newspaperman John F. Dille in the 1930s, it immediately became one of the world’s most popular comic strips, read
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Brian K. Vaughan to Write Buck Rogers TV Series for Legendary

Brian K. Vaughan to Write Buck Rogers TV Series for Legendary
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 ...
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"Buck Rogers in the 25 Century"

In addition to "Star Wars" 'space opera' spin-offs, followed by a developing "Flash Gordon" reboot, Legendary Entertainment have scored the rights to "Buck Rogers", for producers Don Murphy ("Transformers") and Susan Montford at Angry Films:

"...the new film will adapt the 1928 novella 'Armageddon 2419 A.D.',  written by Philip Francis Nowlan and published in the science fiction pulp magazine "Amazing Stories", following 'Anthony Rogers', a 'World War I' veteran who is investigating strange phenomena in an abandoned Pennsylvania coal mine for his company, the 'American Radioactive Gas Corporation', when he is trapped by a cave-in.

"Exposed to radioactive gas, Rogers falls into suspended animation and reawakens 492 years later in the 25th century. 

"Thanks to spies and infiltrators, what used to be America, is now ruled by the Chinese 'Han' who invaded the US hundreds of years earlier using fleets of airships armed with disintegration rays. 

"Using wartime strategies, Rogers
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Legendary looking to reboot Buck Rogers for the 21st Century

Legendary looking to reboot Buck Rogers for the 21st Century
THR is reporting that Legendary Pictures has closed a deal for the big screen rights to the classic sci-fi character Buck Rogers, with Don Murphy (Transformers) and Susan Montford (Real Steel) on board to produce a feature film reboot of the iconic property. Created by Philip Francis Nowlan, Buck Rogers is a veteran of the […]

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‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary, Could Spawn Television and Anime Spin-Offs

‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary, Could Spawn Television and Anime Spin-Offs
Hollywood is once again trying to bring space opera hero Buck Rogers to the big screen. Legendary Pictures and producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford are developing a new Buck Rogers movie with hopes of launching a franchise – because these days you can’t adapt a character like this without promising it’ll spawn several sequels. The character originated in the […]

The post ‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary, Could Spawn Television and Anime Spin-Offs appeared first on /Film.
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‘Buck Rogers’ Live-Action Film Being Developed As The Launch Of A Multi-Platform Franchise

‘Buck Rogers’ Live-Action Film Being Developed As The Launch Of A Multi-Platform Franchise
After nearly a century since his first appearance in 1920s pulp magazines, the famed hero Buck Rogers will finally make his return to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that, despite multiple years of legal disputes, veteran producer Don Murphy and his creative partner Susan Montford have obtained the screen rights for the iconic character, and under their Angry Films production banner, the two are developing a live-action “Buck Rogers” film for Legendary.

Continue reading ‘Buck Rogers’ Live-Action Film Being Developed As The Launch Of A Multi-Platform Franchise at The Playlist.
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New Buck Rogers Movie with Franchise Potential Is Happening at Legendary

New Buck Rogers Movie with Franchise Potential Is Happening at Legendary
Buck Rogers is making a comeback in the 21st century. Legendary Pictures is closing a deal for the rights to the classic sci-fi franchise, with designs on bringing the hero to the big screen for modern audiences. What's more, the studio sees this as a possible franchise play. Should things pan out, they will also produce TV shows, anime and other projects based on the source material. But let's not get too ahead of yourselves just yet.

According to multiple reports, Legendary is either closing in on a deal for the Buck Rogers rights, or has already finalized the deal. Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who are producers of the Transformers franchise, are on board to produce the project via their company Angry Films. There is no word yet on who may be tapped to pen the screenplay for the movie, nor is there any indication as to who could
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Buck Rogers To Return in New Big Screen Reboot

Buck Rogers To Return in New Big Screen Reboot
The classic space opera hero Buck Rogers is coming back, according to The Wrap. Legendary Entertainment (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) has snagged the movie rights to the 92-year-old character, with producers Don Murphy (Transformers) and Susan Montford set to steer the project through Murphy’s Angry Films production company.

Buck Rogers brought sci-fi elements like ray guns, rocket ships, lasers and jet packs into popular culture, with the property’s vision of the future and emphasis on action and adventure influencing everything from Disney’s Tomorrowland attraction to George Lucas’ original concept for Star Wars.

The movie will bring Buck all the way back to his roots by adapting Armageddon 2419 A.D., the 1928 novella in which the character made his debut. Written by Philip Francis Nowlan and published in the iconic pulp fiction magazine Amazing Stories, the tale follows the adventures of Anthony Rogers, a World War I veteran
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Classic Sci-Fi Hero ‘Buck Rogers’ to Get Big-Screen Revival at Legendary

Classic Sci-Fi Hero ‘Buck Rogers’ to Get Big-Screen Revival at Legendary
Legendary is in the final stages of putting together a deal for the movie rights to swashbuckling sci-fi hero Buck Rogers, multiple individuals with knowledge of the project tell TheWrap.

Transformers” producer Don Murphy set up the project at Legendary and is producing through his Angry Films banner along with Susan Montford.

The project is based on the “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” novella by Philip Francis Nowlan that introduced the Buck Rogers character in 1928. The story centers on a coal mine inspector who awakens from suspended animation after 500 years to find himself in the middle of a planetary war.

Armageddon 2419 A.D.

“Buck Rogers” has been adapted into various comic strips, a movie serial, radio and television shows. Developed by Chicago newspaperman John F. Dille in the 1930s, it immediately became one of the world’s most popular comic strips, read by millions daily in the newspapers all over the world.
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‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary

‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary
Buck Rogers is going back to the future.

After months of negotiations, Legendary is putting the final pieces on a deal for the screen rights to the classic and influential sci-fi character, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Sources say that Legendary, the company behind the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune and movies such as Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, is envisioning a big-screen take that would pave the way for a prestige television series as well as an anime series, giving audiences a 360-look at heroics sets in the 25th century.

Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce via their Angry Films banner, whose ...
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Time Travel Adventure Hunting Season Teams Aquaman Director with John Wick Writer

Time Travel Adventure Hunting Season Teams Aquaman Director with John Wick Writer
Aquaman director James Wan will be teaming up with John Wick writer Derek Kolstad to bring to life an adaptation of a sci-fi time travel story called Hunting Season. Transformers producer Don Murphy is also on the team to adapt this short story by writer Frank M. Robinson.

Hunting Season is a 1951 novelette written by Frank M. Robinson. The plot of the source material is set in a militaristic society, where subversives are sent back to past ages where aristocrats hunt them for sport. Usually, the hunted are members of the lower classes. But when an aristocrat is condemned to be hunted in mid-twentieth-century America, the entire fabric of society comes unraveled.

According to reports, the movie will be set sometime in the future and will follow a law officer "who is declared an enemy of the state and sentenced to be executed by that society's method of choice: sent
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James Wan, 'John Wick' Writer Derek Kolstad Team for Sci-Fi Time Travel Tale 'Hunting Season' (Exclusive)

James Wan, 'John Wick' Writer Derek Kolstad Team for Sci-Fi Time Travel Tale 'Hunting Season' (Exclusive)
James Wan, the filmmaker behind the Conjuring horror universe and Aquaman, and Transformers producer Don Murphy have teamed to adapt Hunting Season, a sci-fi time-travel tale by Frank M. Robinson.

Derek Kolstad, the writer behind the John Wick franchise, is set to write the script for the adaptation, which has Starlight and Star Plus on board to finance.

Wan is producing with his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear, while Murphy is producing with partner Susan Montford via their Angry Films banner.

Robinson was one of the figures to come out of the mid-20th century sci-fi short story scene, penning techno-thrillers for various pulp publications. His thriller ...
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eOne, Angry Films, Moonriver to remake 'Babysitting'

eOne, Angry Films, Moonriver to remake 'Babysitting'
English-language remake of French comedy set to begin production in New York this year.

eOne, Angry Films and Moonriver Content, have announced Babysitting, which eOne will finance and produce.

Iain Morris will direct the film that takes place over one night and centres on a young artist who has a series of disastrous events befall him while being forced to babysit the child of his arrogant boss. In France, Babysitting was the most successful French film of 2014.

Angry FilmsDon Murphy and Susan Montford, and Moonriver’s Xavier Marchand will produce.

Christophe Cervoni and Marc Fiszman produced the original and will receive producer credits on the remake. Nicolas Benamou and Phillippe Lacheau directed that film and are also credited on the remake.

Peter Hoare, whose film Killing Hasselhoff will debut this autumn, will write the script. He is also a writer on CBS’ Kevin Can Wait.

Murphy and Montford said: “We are thrilled to be producing this side-splitting
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News Bits: Dates, Men, Cop, Little, Emergence

Release Dates

A couple of new key release date announcements today starting with the Ewan McGregor as Jesus & The Devil project "Last Days in the Desert" which Broad Green Pictures has acquired for the United States and is planning an early 2016 release.

Meanwhile the collapse of Relativity Studios has seen the studio quietly pull three titles - "The Disappointments Room," "Before I Wake" and "The Bronze" - from its calendar with no dates currently set. [Source: Variety]

Men and Chickens

Drafthouse Films has bought North American distribution rights to Anders Thomas Jensen's comedy "Men and Chicken" starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film will have a limited theatrical release in North America in 2016.

The story centers on two brothers who, through meeting their long-lost family, also discover a horrible truth about themselves. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Cop Comedy

"Bad Words" writer Andrew Dodge is set to pen a re-write of an untitled cop comedy at Perfect Storm Entertainment.
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Paramount Acquires Bestseller ‘Little Brother’ For Angry Films As Possible Ya Franchise

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired the feature rights to Little Brother, the New York Times bestselling novel by Cory Doctorow, for Angry Film producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford. The plan is to create a successful, reality-based Ya franchise for the studio with the book that follows a teenage Edward Snowden-type of character who, after a terrorist attack on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, finds himself wrongfully pursued by a corrupt Department of Homeland…
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