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Breck Eisner Delivers Updates on the Flash Gordon Remake

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March 1, 2010
Source: Heat Vision, Movieline

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The Crazies is currently in theaters now and that means director Breck Eisner has been out talking with the press. In two interviews, Eisner chats about the status of the Flash Gordon remake he's been attached to since 2008. The good news is that it's the very next project for him. "Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are working on the script right now. We're on the second draft now. It should be in the studio in a month or two. I'm very bullish on it. But it's a giant movie and will take a long time to do," Eisner told Heat Vision. He also spoke with Movieline about what to expect with the remake and it sounds like its being modernized a bit.

"Flash Gordon is a project I've been pursuing for years, it's a real passion of mine. The writers have been breaking story the past couple of months, and we have a couple months to go until the draft goes into Sony. Assuming they achieve everything we talked about, I think it will be a really great script.

It's not a remake of any movie that's been done before. Nothing to do with the camp of the '80s, nothing to do with the serials of the '50s. It's definitely based on the Alex Raymond strips from the '30s and '40s, told from the point of view as if he was redoing the strips today. The audience that was reading the strips back then was a very different audience that today's audience. It's an action-adventure, very dynamic, aggressive, with a really strong central character."

Eisner goes on to say that "it's a gigantic movie, so these things are tough to get made." It sounds like he's pushing for a big budget which is why Sony is taking their time to make sure this is perfect before moving forward. "Sony's got to commit big money to it and love it, and there's going to be years of prep. It's a lot of work! But if we can pull it off, I think it would be quite fantastic." I really hope so! After recently seeing The Crazies, I have some high hopes for this director. I totally loved his visual style and I'd love to see him get a big budget and go all out on an action/sci-fi like this. Come on Sony, give him the greenlight, let's do this!

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  • OCP
    Flash aaaaaaaa He'll save everyone of us
  • It's most definitely NOT good news that this is his next project. Leave poor old Flash alone! Everything we hear from Eisner about this film keeps pushing troubling phrases like 'dark, aggressive, violent, modern' and so on, which is terrible news. Turning one of the most colourful comic characters out there into a Jason Bourne/Dark Knight clone is not the way to do it. And Eisner is a competent director at best - he has no style or vision. How he's getting this high-profile gig I don't know. I guess being the son of a former studio head makes up for the shortfall in the talent department... Oh, and regardless of how these Hollywood types try to spin it to make themselves seem less creatively bankrupt, if a character or property has made to the screen before in some form or another, what you are doing is a REMAKE!
  • Mega Jet Jaguar
    This sounds pretty cool to me. I really like the 80's Flash Gordon, I saw it in the theater opening weekend. But I think a new updated version can work if they do it right.
  • A new Flash Gordon film might be fun, if it was helmed by a great director rather than a Rent-A-Hack like Eisner. Anyone got any suggestions for a better choice?
  • Mike McGowan
    me
  • omnipresent
    We know Lucas did both his Palpatine & Darth Vader based upon Ming, the skycity and underwater city plus weapons with beams of light, the introduction with words going towards the infinite space and even Death Beam star all based upon Flash. Please, DON'T FORGET there's no Flash Gordon without Ming like there's no Batman without a Joker. Ming sounds like Ming dynasty and Mongo sounds like Mongolian people, hence there's good reason to depict him like a Fumanchu with long nails and goatee. I hope he wears purple and SEVERAL a la Chinese robes and perhaps "Aelita" inspired look combo with old serials. I hope they hire an ASIAN actor (Chow Yun Fat, Ken Watanabe or James Hong/Lo-Pan) with contact alien lens wearing a dark yellow face that blushes GREEN, after all he's an ET with a Chinese look.

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