Back in October 2020, we reported that Legendary Entertainment was securing the screen rights to one of sci-fi’s oldest and most underused characters, Buck Rogers and now the reboot/reimagining has attracted a significant Hollywood player, actor and director George Clooney. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov will act as executive producers for the new show, which is being developed to allow Clooney to take a starring role. However, the Hollywood Reporter also says that insiders insist there is currently no acting deal in place, so we’ll have to see what transpires. Is Clooney eyeing the title role? If not, who would be a good fit? Perhaps he’s thinking more along the lines of a Dr. Huer-esque mentor-type role?

Clooney and Heslov join Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who are producing the show through their company, Angry Films, whose credits include “Transformers” and “Real Steel.” They will all be joined by co-producer Flint Dille, the grandson of John F. Dille; he was the head of the National Newspaper Syndicate and commissioned Philip Nowlan to turn his novel “Armageddon 2419” into the comic strip “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” in 1928 and thus the character was born. 

The opening credits to the 1979 show “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” were iconic (Image credit: Universal Television)

The new incarnation is being written by Brian K. Vaughan (“Lost,” “Runaways”), apparently with the goal of launching a feature motion picture and an anime off-shoot if the initial series is a success.