The STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES/PHASE II Guys Bring BUCK ROGERS To The Internet - Licensed & Everything!!
James Cawley, whose STAR TREK: NEW VOYAGES (later dubbed STAR TREK PHASE II) is a regular fixture for hardcore TREK Geeks across the Internet, is launching a second series of web productions - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY.
Unlike his TREK episodes, which are unofficial yet officially tolerated "fan films", BUCK has been formally licensed from the Dille Syndication Company (current rights holders of the property).
James Cawley and his Cawley Entertainment Company plan to do with Buck Rogers, what he has done for Star Trek, and bring it to the web with a regular series of new episodes. However, this time it will not be another ‘fan film,’ but a fully licensed show made with professionals, both in front of, and behind the camera. The plan as of now is to start Internet streaming advertising-supported episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century in the Fall of 2010.
Starting with the pilot, which is currently being written, this new Buck Rogers web series will tell the origin story as laid out in the comics, showing how Lucas ‘Buck’ Rogers was propelled from World War I, into a future Earth in the 25th Century. The plan is to use what Cawley calls a ‘retro-contemporary’ look to the show, harkening back to the old style comics, but also using modern techniques, including CGI. Cawley explains:
...says THIS PIECE over at TrekMovie, which goes on to explain how production on BUCK will/won't impact future PHASE II productions.
While inconsistent in quality, Cawley's TREK installments are remarkable in many ways. They're earnest, ballsy, and ambitious. It'll be really interesting to see how Crawley & Co. approach BUCK.
There's supposedly a Frank Miller guided BUCK ROGERS feature film being mulled at the moment. Based on what I've seen from Miller lately, I'd bet good money that Cawley's efforts...while probably not as lavish...will seem much more "right", and feel much more like "the real thing".
You can find STAR TREK PHASE II HERE, and you'll also see a cameo by James in J.J.'s new TREK movie.
More on BUCK ROGERS as more comes in...
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Jan. 13, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
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Jan. 13, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST
If anyone wants to check this out, the 2007 episode "World Enough and Time", starring the original Sulu, is definitely their most impressive effort yet. Here's looking forward to what Cawley does with Buck Rogers!
Jan. 13, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST
siiiiggghhhhhh..... enough said.
Jan. 13, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST
...the episode with Sulu was. The CGI effect were tops (except the final texture layers were missing but need big money to get that quality). Acting was pretty damn good at least played with earnest and passion. And the storyline was pure vintage Star Trek. I look forward to see what they do with old Buck and Twigi.
Jan. 13, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST
Forgot what the title was. Yeah go check that one out everyone.
Jan. 13, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST
Given that most professional actors actually want to be paid and stuff.
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST
Their final run of episodes resumes 4/17 and then the show is dunzo: http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/01/breaking-fox-ca.html
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST
it just won't be the same!!
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST
But, alas, they seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. :(
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST
The main thing that took me out of the PHASE II episode that I saw was the uneveness of the acting. Clear this up and I'll be much more forgiving.
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST
Captain Robert T. Norad rules the fucking Universe!
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST
Especially when you have the original cast guest starring. The gap in acting ability was painful to see. And the original cast, let's face it, are not stellar actors, which really says something about that. Even without that comparison "Phase II" is laughable. I love the "love scenes" in the new David Gerrold one--not only do you have the baggage of bad actors, you have the added weight of "bad actors who think what they're doing is of tremendous social importance." A combination that is unintentionally hilarious.
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST
Something tells me that the Buck Roger series wouldn't be made without the gigantic failure that was 'The Spirit'. I can imagine that Whoever licensed Cawley's vision had nothing to do with getting Frank Miller on board, but is now thinking: "I can't do anything against the supposedly horrible movie adaption, so I will let that Star Trek guy do something better, just to show the world that Buck Rogers has nothing to do with whatever the guy who ruined The Spirit has in mind." <br>Of course that's pure speculation from my side.
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST
I would think THE SPIRIT's shitacular boxoffice numbers would give FRANK MILLER'S BUCK ROGERS a quick mercy killshot.
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
...bad puns and all!
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST
I thought about doing an animated series about Kirk and the gang's life at Star Fleet Academy. I have ideas for scripts all ready to go, but I'm way too lazy to do all that work.
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST
A "Frank Miller guided" Buck Rogers? I never thought those words would worry me so much.
Jan. 13, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
Erin Grey....sigh. Original Star Wars, Incredible Hulk on TV, and Erin Grey...I had a good childhood.
Jan. 13, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST
I would rather see JMS or Jon Favreau handle Buck Rogers.
Jan. 13, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST
better have a great ass
Jan. 13, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST
As a geek, I don't feel right about not even having known about this (Phase II). I just might to hand in my geek badge today.
Jan. 13, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST
But damn..I blew an incredible amount of spunk to the visual of Erin Grey in all her spandex'd glory. One of the hottest women of the late 70's early 80's. That said...this will indeed...Suck the Fail.
Jan. 13, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
if they use "real" actors..maybe it will suck a little less. Hey.....Get Megan Fox for Wilma...her "Career" should be winding down right about then.
Jan. 13, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST
Armageddon 2419 and it's sequel, Wilma was a petite woman.<br> I nominate Jessica Biel. She's easy on the eyes, can handle the action sequences, and has a great ass.
Jan. 13, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST
Didn't hear anything about it especially on Aint it A Week Late news.
Jan. 13, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST
by Mockingbird Girl
... but it isn't AICN. The Majel Roddenberry story was posted the day she died: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39503
Jan. 14, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST
by Prof. Pop-Cult
Bad acting and all. At this point, Frank Miller still needs to be partnered with a capable director on his projects.
Jan. 14, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST
...Right?<p> Maybe they can bring back Takei as some Mongolian baddie.
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
Met Cawley at a convention once - decent karaoke singer, which is kind of what the web shows are, affectionate karaoke versions of the real thing. Then again, great karaoke can still knock you on your ass, which some of the Phase 2/New Voyages stuff does, especially with some of the cameos that crop up (when's the Shat gonna put the cat among the pigeons and do one?) As for Buck - not so sure, old franchise character that's about as relevant this century as Flash Gordon and Tarzan. And Frank Miller should styick to adapting his own stuff, he has such a unique visual style (well, he uses the same visual style for everything post-Sin City) that his vision dominates the piece. Will Eisner wouldnt have made a Spirit film in the same maner, that's for sure, and that's not meant as a knock on either Miller or Eisner, just that their respective visions were so strong.
Jan. 14, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST
That should be enough for countless Geekgasms! Damn, those guys were good...
Jan. 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST
SOUNDS LIKE UTTER CRAP, BUCK<p> ----<p> Before anyone goes apenuts(tm) over the idea that this is going to be considered 'canon' with blessings from the rights holders, these are the same rights holders who gave a thumbs up to the world government being made out of talking electronic hub caps, a robot side-kick shaped like a penis, and a Native American medicine man with feathers for hair.<p> This property has been shopped and reshopped to anyone willing to offer fifty bucks and a chick-fil-a coupon.
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
I don't care for his STAR TREK fan films, but he sweats blood to make them. Nice to see him land a score like this.
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST
I bow before his creative output - but his acting. . . not so much.
Jan. 14, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST
pity there aint no friggin SCI FI CHANNEL doing something so awesomely cool - you know, being science fiction and all - but apparently they are now a Reality TV channel anyway...
March 22, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST
have a look at the visual effects comedy Safety Geeks: SVI http://www.safetygeekssvi.com for edgy indie web series
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