Dan Dare Film Version Planned

Virgin Comics is planning a feature film adaptation of “Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future,” the long running 1950’s comic strip described as Britain’s version of “Buck Rogers” reports Variety.

The intergalactic pilot will first bow in a new Garth Ennis-penned comicbook series in November. Virgin head Richard Branson led the effort to acquire the publishing, TV, movie and vidgame rights.

The plot of the new books (and film) has Dan emerging from a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia – leaving the U.K. as the world’s last remaining superpower.