The Universe May Soon Be Safe Again: FLASH GORDON Reboot In The Works At Fox
Flash! Aaaaah! He’s getting a reboot! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has closed a deal to pick up the screen rights to the classic pulp comic and 80s movie icon. John Davis is said to be producing with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (the scribes working on Star Trek 3) on board to write the script of a treatment by George Nolfi (Bourne Ultimatum).
According to the site, Davis (producer on Chronicle and the upcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E.) has spent well over a year working to obtain the rights for the studio from Hearst Corporation. Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond. Flash, along with gal pal Dale Arden and scientist Hans Zasrkov, end up on the planet Mongo where they fought against Ming the Merciless to the delight of comic strip readers. The strip was adapted into three serials featuring Buster Crabbe before finding itself turned into a cult classic in the 1980s, complete with a soundtrack from Queen. Flash has seen a rise in popularity the last few years thanks to Seth McFarlane‘s movie Ted and a new comic book series from Dynamite by writer Jeff Parker.
Just because a movie is ‘in the works‘ doesn’t mean it’s a done deal, but it seems Fox and everyone involved are pretty high on the idea. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out. What do you think? Would you like to see Flash Gordon back on the big screen? Who do you think could play the savior of the universe now?
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