Breck Eisner Bringing Flash Gordon Back!
We last mentioned Breck Eisner just a few weeks ago when talking about The Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, another project he's helming. Now news comes today that Eisner has been attached to also directed the revival of Flash Gordon. Sony just won the recent bidding war over the rights, which took place because "studios are showing a heightened appetite for branded fare that could be made into a franchise." Only Eisner and producer Neal Moritz are officially attached so far, as a writer for the project hasn't been found yet. The last time we saw Flash Gordon on the big screen was in 1980, with Sam J. Jones as Flash, and now he's returning alongside of countless other 80's revivals, including even Buck Rogers.
Flash Gordon originally was a science fiction newspaper comic strip drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s and was created to compete with another sci-fi strip, Buck Rogers. Flash was first adapted to the screen via Buster Crabbe serials and was made into a lavish 1980 film. In the film, Flash was an athlete who travels to the planet Mongo with his lady love, Dale Arden, and the mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. There, they discover a world ruled by Ming the Merciless and meet such strange inhabitants as the Hawkmen and the Sharkmen. Need we point you in the direction of this Queen song as a reminder of Flash Gordon?
I'm not sure why anyone really thought Flash Gordon was in need of revival, but I suppose it fits in with Hollywood's current trend of remaking everything 80's, from toys to movies to cartoon shows and more. Plus, nothing can compete with Queen's score for the original 1980 movie, no matter who they get to do the score for this new one. Breck Eisner, of Sahara, isn't exactly terrible, but he isn't exactly that great either. Maybe he just needs the chance to stretch his legs and both The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Flash Gordon will allow him to do so. Any Flash Gordon fans looking forward to this revival?