Famous Photographs maintains it is the rightful proprietors of the “Buck Rogers” rights subsequent the most up-to-date legal menace from the Nowlan Family members Trust, who claims they possess the legal rights.
Famous was strike with a stop and desist letter on Tuesday in excess of the planned reboot with George Clooney, which was announced final 7 days.
“We have secured the legal rights we need to have to continue with our project and the company will not remark any additional on these baseless claims,” Famous explained through a spokesperson. “This exact same bash has been saying for several years that they have legal rights which they do not have and have been trying to inhibit projects based mostly on legal rights they do not legally command.”
Clooney and Grant Heslov will govt make a new tv adaptation of “Buck Rogers” for Famous beneath their Smokehouse banner. “Transformers” producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce by using their Indignant Films banner alongside with Flint Dille, the grandson of the original Buck Rogers creator.
“The Nowlans are not even the Nowlans, they are McDevitts, and they have been trying to con their way into Buck Rogers for a era,” Murphy told TheWrap in a statement. “Luckily, the courts have identified their video game actively playing and they really don’t have a legal leg to stand on.”
Michael Ross, Famous Entertainment’s EVP Small business Affairs obtained the cease and desist letter, obtained by TheWrap, that suggests the Nowlan Family members Trust has a deal with Skydance to exploit the Buck Rogers IP. According to an insider with understanding of the Skydance job, no talent is concerned and at this time attached.
The undertaking is dependent on the characters and ideas introduced in the 1928 novella “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” novella by Philip Francis Nowlan. The tale followed “Anthony Rogers,” a mining engineer from the 20th century who awakens from suspended animation following 500 several years to uncover himself in the center of a planetary war.
Nowlan and Chicago newspaperman John F. Dille developed the thought into a serialized comic strip in 1929, with the character’s named improved from Anthony to “Buck.” With the name improved to “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” the thought was basically Rip Van Winkle in the future, with a contemporary-working day guy learning to cope 500 yrs in the potential to a earth that is no for a longer period recognizable to him.
It was subsequently tailored for comic books, movie serials, radio dramas, and ultimately the fondly remembered 1979-1981 tv series.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.