EXCLUSIVE: ‘Buck Rogers’ Director Paul WS Anderson Promises ‘A Very Different Take On The Character’

The big news last week was that “Resident Evil” director Paul WS Anderson signed on to helm an adaptation of the long-running sci-fi franchise “Buck Rogers.” In 3-D. YES. Anderson shared some of his plans for the flick in an exclusive interview with MTV’s Larry Carroll as part of our ongoing 3-D Week coverage.

“That’s something I’ve been working on for a little while, and we are just going to start sending it to people [for casting],” he said, adding, “It’s a very different take on the character. I loved that [1979-1981] TV show. It’s not going to be that, but it is the same theme as Buck Rogers has always been since the 1920s. It’s a relatable man of today who is flung into the far future.”

No Lycrya bodysuits though, that’s Anderson’s promise.

The big question *I* have — along with a lot of other fans — is what’s going to become of Twiki the robot. An addition to the late-’70s incarnation of the franchise, Twiki was a little, metal midget (or is “little robot” more PC?) who was constantly saying “bidi-bidi-bidi” before everything. So what’s the deal? Will Twiki be back?

“Maybe,” Anderson said, referencing Twiki’s roots as being inspired by the droids of “Star Wars.” “Obviously we’re going to be respectful of the past Buck Rogers [incarnations], but this is something very much about the future, reinventing the character.”

It’s actually the lasting popularity and influence of the franchise that has spurred Anderson to give his 25th century adventures a 21st century feature film treatment. “Buck Rogers is the longest-running comic strip in the world,” he said. “There are whole scenes from ’Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and the original ’Star Wars’ that were taken from Buck Rogers comic strips, because Lucas and Spielberg were growing up [and] heavily influenced by these TV shows and comic strips.”

The director also confirmed that the movie will indeed be in 3-D. “You bet your ass! I have a lot of specific ideas, and Markum and Holloway have come up with an amazing take on it; they’re very good writers and I’m happy to be working with them.” He went on to praise the writers for their work on “Iron Man,” and express his belief that they’ll reinvent Buck in the same way.

“What Art and Matt do is they write very relatable characters, and I thought that was what was genius about ’Iron Man,'” Anderson said. “He was a man in a metal suit, but they made him relatable to everybody. I think that’s very important with science-fiction concepts — you have to have relatable characters at the heart of them. And that is why I was very excited to work with these guys.”

“[Buck Rogers] won’t be the same character,” he continued. “I’m excited for them to bring that [’Iron Man’] touch to the character of Buck Rogers.”

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