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The STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES/PHASE II Guys Bring BUCK ROGERS To The Internet - Licensed & Everything!!

Published at: Jan. 13, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

Merrick here...
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. [EDIT] 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

    First

    by WIBoomer1

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Hiya Buck!!!

    by WIBoomer1

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Twiki Twiki Twiki

    by WIBoomer1

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    beedee beedee beedee

    by frankenfickle

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Phase II

    by DesignDude

    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

    Erin Grey......

    by Gabba-UK

    siiiiggghhhhhh..... enough said.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    I was shocked how good...

    by theycallmemrglass

    ...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

    yeah thats the one, DesignDude !

    by theycallmemrglass

    Forgot what the title was. Yeah go check that one out everyone.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Wonder how long this will last?

    by Breotan

    Given that most professional actors actually want to be paid and stuff.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    From the Fox TCA press tour: Prison Break is cancelled

    by Pennsy

    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

    Without Mel Blanc...

    by kbass

    it just won't be the same!!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Starship Exeter was better

    by symphy

    But, alas, they seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. :(

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Two Words: Professional Actors

    by Greggers

    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

    Nothing beats Starship Highlander :))

    by DerLanghaarige

    Captain Robert T. Norad rules the fucking Universe!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Agreed Greggers

    by zacdilone

    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

    This is how you do Star Trek

    by zacdilone

    http://tinyurl.com/7k4k9c

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    But seriously:

    by DerLanghaarige

    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

    Will Frank Miller still be allowed to direct BUCK ROGERS?

    by SpyGuy

    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

    I want an adaption of Peter David's New Frontier dammit

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    ...bad puns and all!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    How about they make new "Firely" episodes?

    by Iron-kong

    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

    or even better "Firefly", but that "Firely" show is pretty good

    by Iron-kong

    stupid typos

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Oh God...

    by HapaPapa72

    A "Frank Miller guided" Buck Rogers? I never thought those words would worry me so much.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    And yes...

    by HapaPapa72

    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

    Frank Miller?

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    I would rather see JMS or Jon Favreau handle Buck Rogers.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Wilma

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    better have a great ass

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Those dudes are SERIOUS about theirs

    by NivekJ

    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

    I know I usually bitch when some Hollywood tart gets mentioned..

    by conspiracy

    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

    Then again...

    by conspiracy

    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

    If you read the books

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    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

    Dude, Mrs.Rodenberry Died...

    by mistergreen

    Didn't hear anything about it especially on Aint it A Week Late news.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Well *someone's* a week behind...

    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

    My bad, I did read that

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Between Miller or Cawley, I'd choose to see Cawley's version...

    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

    You know this isn't a remake of the shitty 80s version...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Right?<p> Maybe they can bring back Takei as some Mongolian baddie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Sounds half decent

    by knobjockey

    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

    Take TSR Buck Rogers as Reference!

    by Blaquesmith

    That should be enough for countless Geekgasms! Damn, those guys were good...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    BIDDY BIDDY BIDDY

    by ArcadianDS

    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

    Good for Cawley!

    by bravogolfhotel

    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

    Hopefully Cawley will not cast himself

    by Movietool

    I bow before his creative output - but his acting. . . not so much.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    that actually sounds like some pretty COOL NEWS

    by Maniaq

    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

    Web series

    by DirKonkle

    have a look at the visual effects comedy Safety Geeks: SVI http://www.safetygeekssvi.com for edgy indie web series