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'Star Trek 3' Writers Are Working on New Version of 'Flash Gordon'?

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April 14, 2014
Source: Film Divider

Flash Gordon

When the comedy Ted hit theaters in 2012, we got a taste of Flash Gordon all over again, albeit in the form of coked up 80s film star Sam Jones. But now it looks like the hero who was given his own sci-fi film and turned into a cult classic (with a catch theme song from Queen) will be given a facelift for an all-new adaptation on the big screen. Over the years, there have been a few attempts to rework Flash Gordon, and now another try is coming together with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the duo behind the script for Star Trek 3, developing the hopeful project that is currently striking a deal for studio home. More below!

Payne and McKay are relatively unknown writers, but they've gotten work after writing an adaptation of Boilerplate for Bad Robot and also a stylistic take on the Biblical tale of Goliath. None of their scripts have been turned into feature films yet, but their writing has certainly turned some heads. This new version is said to go back to the core of the comic strips by Alex Raymond from 80 years ago. FilmDivider has the report, and say the new version will "reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman."

Flash Gordon has become a staple, campy 80s movie, but the hero is worth so much more than a punchline. There's a whole generation who don't even know who Flash Gordon is, and now would be the perfect time to turn him into the respected sci-fi serial hero that our parents and grandparents loved when they were kids. With all the success Marvel has had, and the plans to head into the stars with Guardians of the Galaxy, audiences should be ready to accept a new version of Flash Gordon very soon. But we'll have to wait and see if this iteration actually gets off the ground. Do you want a new Flash Gordon?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments

1

This didn't work out so well for John Carter...

MattPeloquin on Apr 14, 2014

2

Yeah, I'm kinda in the same boat with Matt below - John Carter bombed, as did The Lone Ranger - I think there may be an expiration date on certain characters, especially from the 1930s. I think much of the ephemera that's tied to Flash Gordon (his hokey NAME for one) like "Hawk-men" "Ming the Merciless" and so on, have become cliche', I have a hard time imagining this character ever being seen as "cool" again.

Bret Wheadon on Apr 14, 2014

3

Add The Shadow to that list... Although Zorro worked out pretty well (the 1998 one at least).

cobrazombie on Apr 14, 2014

4

well of course they are.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 14, 2014

5

I have Flash Gordon from Queen as my ringtone enough said.

Nathan Williams on Apr 14, 2014

6

I was one who really liked JOHN CARTER, I would pass over this one.

DAVIDPD on Apr 14, 2014

7

'John Carter' was a very entertaining movie. If they can do this as well as they did Carter, then I'm all for it. That being said, I hold out no hope for this project given Hollywood's abysmal track record. 99% of their attempted remakes, reboots, and sequels have crashed and burned.

Cal J. on Apr 14, 2014

8

AH-AHHHH!

Jimmy Love on Apr 14, 2014

9

Flash Gordon was one of the all-time best worst movies ever. It's so bad, it's good. I'm inspired to watch it again this weekend.

CoosCoos on Apr 14, 2014

10

I nearly wore that Betamax tape out as a kid. Classic imo.

avconsumer2 on Apr 15, 2014

11

Lol make it a comedy or it fails.

SkyNet300 on Apr 15, 2014

12

Sam Jones is here....................and.............his hair is parted down the middle.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 15, 2014

13

Gordon's alive !!!

Steven on Apr 15, 2014

14

Sure. Go for it. Everything else near and dear to my childhood has been done (with limited success). Might as well leave no franchise unturned.

avconsumer2 on Apr 15, 2014

15

There's a Star Trek 2?

Brian Ricci on Apr 15, 2014

16

I enjoyed John Carter and the book its based on fyi.

SkyNet300 on Apr 16, 2014

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