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20th Century Fox Acquires the Rights to FLASH GORDON; New Film in the Works

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:29 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights to Flash Gordon from Hearst Entertainment, with John Davis producing and Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.  First published 80 years ago in a sci-fi adventure comic strip from Alex Raymond, the title hero is a handsome athlete and Yale graduate who rockets to the planet Mongo with his faithful companions to put a stop to the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless.  George Nolfi penned a treatment of the reboot and is now on board as producer.  

flash-gordon-poster-398x600Word of Fox’s Flash Gordon acquisition comes courtesy of Heat Vision.  There’s currently no news as to which direction the reboot will go, or what exactly the tone might be.  One thing’s for certain, there’s plenty of source material to explore and mine for an obvious film franchise.  Most of Gordon & Co.’s travels take them across the planet Mongo where they explore diverse environments and interact with characters such as Prince Barin of the forest kingdom, Queen Frigia of the ice kingdom, and Prince Vultan of the flying Hawkmen just to name a few.  The property was perhaps most famously adapted in Mike Hodges’ 1980 feature starring Sam J. Jones in the title role.  While it’s unfortunate that the iconic rock band Queen is no longer around to liven up the reboot’s soundtrack (which had quite the presence in the aforementioned film), it does help Fox to have a clear slate for a 21st century adaptation.

Do yourself a favor and watch the music video for the 1980 film adaptation featuring the super group Queen below.

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