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23 April 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Film Divider

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Update: Well, we promised to keep you up to date with developments and here's the first... 20th Century Fox has now made a deal for the rights to make the new Flash, with Payne and McKay indeed on board to write the script. 

What do you mean, "Flash Gordon approaching?" Well, after some years of varying development hells, and a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel TV series in 2008, it looks as if the pulp space hero is in the initial stages of a journey back to the big screen. Their source is unclear, but the impetuous boys (and girl) at Film Divider believe that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, currently at work on the third modern Star Trek film, are also writing an ambitious new Flash Gordon adventure.

Flash Gordon made his debut in newspaper comic strips drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s, and was initially conceived explicitly as competition for the then very popular Buck Rogers. Gordon was a polo-playing Yale graduate who, with companions Dale Arden and Dr Hans Zarkov, initially headed into space to find the source of some meteors bombarding Earth. Their first encounter with Ming The Merciless - the alien gitface behind the meteors - would not be their last, and their continuing adventures on the planet Mongo would see them also encountering hawk-man Prince Vultan and the rulers of various jungle, ice and undersea kingdoms.

Gordon was immediately picked up for three Saturday morning film serials starring Buster Crabbe (also briefly Buck Rogers and Tarzan) between 1936 and 1940. Slightly more recently and perhaps most famously, of course, there was the 1980 movie camp-fest with the mad Queen soundtrack, starring Sam J. Jones as Gordon, Max Von Sydow as Ming, and a particularly mental Brian Blessed as Vultan. 

Payne and McKay's connection to JJ Abrams' Bad Robot includes adapting the novel Boilerplate as well as their work on the Star Trek threequel, but whether Flash has a home there, or elsewhere, or is merely a spec script the pair have developed on their own is unclear at the moment. They also have action scripts Goliath and Deadliest Warrior floating in development at, respectively, Temple Hill and Paramount.

Their take on Flash Gordon is apparently (predictably) to rescue him from his current reputation as something stupid but much loved (see Sam Jones' recent turn in Ted), and restore his reputation as a more serious adventurer. He is, after all, the metallist man alive, come to save us all, with his constant thrash. Oh no, wait, that's Thrash Gordon. That's someone else.

The world didn't seem quite ready for John Carter. Are we up for a new Flash Gordon? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll let you know when and if this story develops further. 

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more serious?
I hope not the thought of it is making water leak from my eyes - yeah I know - it's a sign of my weakness! More

Posted by Mpyrereader at 15:17 on 25 April 2014 | Report This Post

Give The Job To The Bearded One...
Now freed of Star Wars, I wouldn't mind seeing George Lucas finally bring Flash Gordon to the screen; then rights-holder Universal turned down Lucas' pleas to let him make a Flash Gordon movie way back in the 70s, which spurred him on to create his own 'space opera'. If nothing else, Lucas can make a pretty picture. More

Posted by Litshttam at 18:14 on 23 April 2014 | Report This Post

at last.
Yes bring it on. I can't wait. Got to be better than that shitty sci fi thing they did in 2008. Brian Blessed has got to be in it again. More

Posted by Thomas Odgers at 13:35 on 23 April 2014 | Report This Post

Only if they at least put some Queen in the soundtrack and bring back Brian Blessed! More

Posted by GrizBe at 10:10 on 23 April 2014 | Report This Post

I'll watch any old bite
The fight scenes with TIMOTHY DALTON were awesome...... More

Posted by Speaky4000 at 11:07 on 18 April 2014 | Report This Post

the fight scene on the spike platform thing against George Lazenby was rad cool. I cant wait to see who plays Ming.It will probably be Benderdict Cumberbunch, Micheal Fastenbender or Idris Ayejielfor . Or that chic that plays Loki in thor. More

Posted by RLTShirley at 13:16 on 17 April 2014 | Report This Post

Yeah he did, he actually played Flash Gordon in that episode. I remember it well, saw the Buck Rogers pilot at the flicks when it came out.. excellent show More

Posted by chris wootton at 12:45 on 17 April 2014 | Report This Post

"This May Feel Like The End/Let Me Tell You, My Friend/The Continuation is YOURS For The Making!" Queen - The Hero, Flash Gordon Soundtrack 1980
I'm only in favour of remakes if they can top the original. The Buster Crabbe series and the 1980 movie, enormous fun though they are, have dated badly especially the special effects (Ted put the boot into the literally shaky effects of the 1980 Flash flick to hilarious effect.) So it could be improved upon with CGI, It's a diverse, exciting world that could be on a par with Narnia or Middle Earth. So, yeah, go for it. More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:55 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Make it camp!
I love the 1980 film "camp-fest" so I'm well up for another Flash outing! And let's face it, Thor/Cap America-First Avenger/The Avengers are all pretty camp, mega successful superhero films! Oh, that's an idea, give it to Joss Whedon! More

Posted by Plodwyn at 19:39 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Crabbe also played a charater in the 70's Buck Rogers programme too. I think he was actually in his 70's too! More

Posted by Phillip Lawler at 15:29 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Only Peter Duncan would dare....
If the Americans want to make another film about another serious comic book hero then let them go ahead and make one with all the siezure inducing effects to go with it. Films about the deep side of comic book heros are throw-away stuff these days. I don't want to know Flash's deepest darkest desturbing mental thoughts. He should be flying blind on rocket cycles and killing Klytus' men. I have the original 30's Flash Gordon series at home and you can't take that too seriously either - especiall More

Posted by Phillip Lawler at 15:25 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Altogether now...

Posted by kevmccann at 14:26 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

I think Crabbe must have been their go-to guy for sci-fi serials.. I used to love those shows. I'd be up for another round of Flash Gordon.. I remember Keanu Reeves was sought after for a while (terrible idea). More

Posted by chris wootton at 13:05 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Dispatch war-rocket Ajax to bring back his body!
That is all. More

Posted by lsdbaby at 12:04 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Good spot! More

Posted by Owen Williams at 10:14 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

Buster Crabbe also played Buck Rogers fact fans More

Posted by chris wootton at 10:09 on 16 April 2014 | Report This Post

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