Paul W.S. Anderson to Direct 3D Buck Rogers

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Paul W.S. Anderson (“Resident Evil” films) has signed to direct Buck Rogers, to be released in 3D. Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway will write the script.

According to Deadline New York, the big screen adaptation is “a new version of the classic tale of a fighter pilot who quickly acclimates to the future and puts his skills to use defending the planet against invaders.”

One of the first pop-culture vehicles to tackle the issue of space exploration, the story of Buck Rogers began life as a comic serial in the late 1920’s and early ’30’s and has seen numerous film and television versions over the years.

The rights to the property are controlled by Paradox, the company behind the new Conan movie that is currently filming in Bulgaria. Paradox will finance and Anderson’s partner, Jeremy Bolt, will produce with Fredrik Malmberg, Larry Abramson and George Furla.