Get your ray guns ready kids. The Spirit hasn't even hit theaters yet but Frank Miller already has his sights set on adapting another pulp comic character to the big screen. Buck Rogers.
Odd Lot Entertainment, the production company behind The Spirit, is in negotiations to secure the rights to Buck Rogers from Nu Image/Millenium. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Miller will write and direct his own big-screen take on the comic serial; while the creator has only begun to sketch ideas, it's expected to be a darker take, with many of Miller's signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption."
The character first appeared in 1928 in a novella by Philip Francis Nolan in the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers went on to star in his own long-running comic strip and eventually became the subject of the first science fiction show on radio in 1932. He also appeared in several movie serials and tv shows, of course the most memorable being Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Early reviews of The Spirit have not been kind. Most critics site the recycling of Miller's Sin City-style imagery. Will that become the comic-turned-filmmaker's trademark? Does pulp equal black and white with splashes of color or will Miller surprise us all with his next film? Who knows, he could very well turn out a Sin City sequel first.