Move over Flash Gordon: plans are afoot for a big screen Buck Rogers movie, with the plan involving a spin-off TV series as well.

The classic sci-fi series Buck Rogers looks like it’s heading back to the screen, courtesy of a new deal being put together by Legendary Pictures.

Legendary is set to be working with producer Don Murphy to acquire the rights to the character and bring a new movie to the screen. The film will reportedly be based on the novella Armageddon 2419AD, that introduced Rogers in the first place, all the way back in the 1920s.

The deal has reportedly been in the works for months, and the idea is that a new film would then segue into a television series too. The plan is very much for a franchise, according to the report from THR.

The character himself hasn’t been on the screen for a long time, with an NBC television series from the late 1970s and early 1980s – Buck Rogers In The 25th Century – arguably its most successful outing. There had been plans to try and get a film going a decade or so back, but they came to nothing. Now, though, it looks like a project is indeed pressing ahead.

It’s still early days, so we have no idea as of yet as to who’ll be writing, directing or starring in this one. But as we hear more, we’ll let you know.

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