Sony Quickly Hires Two Writers for Flash Gordon Reboot
by Alex Billington
August 8, 2008
Back in May we reported that director Breck Eisner would be bringing back Flash Gordon in another reboot of a classic franchise. It may not exactly be a reboot, per se, but considering that's the latest buzz word in Hollywood, I'll use it for now. Screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will pen the screenplay based primarily on Alex Raymond's original comic strip that first debuted in the 1930s. Of course, most will also remember the 1980 film starring Sam J. Jones and Max von Sydow that recently got its own re-release on DVD. Considering no one has really ever demanded the return of Flash Gordon in any form, I'm not entirely I'm excited for this reboot just yet. Is anyone excited for this?
Sazama and Sharpless are both newcomers without any actual writing credits yet, however they did already pen the scripts for Dracula Year Zero at Universal and Zack Snyder's Cobalt 60 adaptation. Considering I don't know anything about these two, it's hard to say whether their involvement will make or break this project, but for now I'll remain mildly optimistic because of Breck Eisner, of Sahara previously, and producer Neal Moritz, of I Am Legend and Vantage Point recently. Is this Sony's answer to the He-Man movie and the Conan / Red Sonja movies? Or am I just criticizing this reboot far too much already?
For those that need a reminder, 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. I'm always more than happy to point anyway towards Queen's awesome Flash Gordon song as a reminder and for some mild amusement. And while you're listening to that song, ask yourself whether you're exciting to see Flash Gordon return in another big blockbuster or whether this should stay buried in the past?