Buck Rogers film gets real

I really hate Hollywood's recent obsession with 3D. Not only does it hack up the ticket price, but 9 times out of 10 it doesn't add anything to the movie. What's even worse is the new trend of TVs coming with that capability, however, I digress. The reason for my 3D mini-rant is that Variety reports the upcoming film will be 3D. They've got some other news as well.

Paul W. S. Anderson has been tasked with directing the film, based on a script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Production of the film will be handled by Paradox Entertainment, who is currently working on the Conan reboot. At least Anderson recognizes the importance of the character.

"Buck has already been such a huge influence on action-adventure franchises like 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones,' so for me it is a thrilling opportunity to be allowed to return to the source, and relaunch such an epic character," Anderson said.

The origin of Buck Rogers features him as a fighter pilot who awakens in the 25th century. He was created as a "mascot" of sorts for the Space Race, and it remains to be seen how the movie will be created. I would imagine that the same dilemma Joe Johnston is facing with the Captain America movie. That is, whether or not to make it a period piece. Both characters were created during a certain era with that era's specific morals and perceptions which don't necessarily translate into present day.

What does translate are the Space Race aspects of the character. Very rarely do you come across films these days that boast a character thrown into the future and forced to adapt. I mean, they're there, and it's essentially the same concept as a character being thrown in the past. One of the biggest differences though is that you don't necessarily have to contend with the Butterfly Effect, and the story can be created without fear of ruining continuities. I am excited to see what will happen with the story, and having Anderson direct it could make it interesting.

And who knows. With Anderson at the helm, maybe there's a small part in the film for his lovely wife Milla Jovavich. Can't complain there.