Breck Eisner Talks ‘Flash Gordon’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 21st, 2012 at 9:01 am,

flashgordon Breck Eisner Talks Flash Gordon

While Breck Eisner has been out on the road promoting his horror remake The Crazies (see our review), the director (and son of Hollywood bigwig Michael Eisner) has been talking up his potential film version of Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon.

Eisner spoke to Movieline about the forthcoming film and while he seems to think that it’ll be made, it does appear that the film is at least a few years away – that is, if Eisner stays at the helm.

When asked by the magazine about Flash Gordon Eisner said:

“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 than today’s audience. It’s an action-adventure, very dynamic, aggressive, with a really strong central character.”

The director then went on to state that he believes that the film will have to be developed further before we see Gordon alive on the big screen:

“We’re a long way off. It’s a gigantic movie, so these things are tough to get made. I made Crazies took me years to get made — I can’t imagine a movie of this size. There’s a long way to go. 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.”

One of the reasons for this delay seems to be that Eisner is shy about starting another big budget feature without the proper planning after the failure of his last film, the Matthew McConaughey starrer Sahara:

“For me the biggest lesson in the perils of making any movie, whether it’s a franchise or costs a dollar or a $100 million — you got to have a solid script going into production. It’s crucial. That’s your blueprint. You can make a bad script an OK movie if you work really hard, but it’s really easy to make a great script an OK movie. Which is not the goal any of us want…you have to be sure you have a good script no matter what it is you’re making. That was the biggest lesson I learned from Sahara. And it’s a lesson they seem to forget over and over again in these big movies…

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“Ah thought Sahara was pretty cool, man…”

Personally, I enjoyed Sahara, and (while it had its flaws) I felt that the film was a good starting point for a franchise that could have been a good amalgamation of James Bond and Indiana Jones. Sadly, the film lost about $150 million, so unless there’s the obligatory reboot, I doubt that we’ll see Dirk Pitt back on the silver screen anytime soon.

As a fan of Flash Gordon (both the 80’s film and the 30’s serials) I’d love to see a modern Flash Gordon film – if it was done well, unlike the recent Syfy effort. My only fear would be who Eisner gets to star as the titular hero. I’d like to see his Sahara star McConaughey battle Ming, but I’m sure that by the time Flash makes it into the cinema, Columbia Pictures will want a younger actor.

So, who would you guys like to portray Flash Gordon?

Source: Movieline

 

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  1. Another potential crossover franchise. Next they gonna come up wth Mandrake & the Phantom reboot i suppose. But is this Flash under Marvel's belt?

  2. From what the article said it looks like Sony has it's hands on this. As far a casting goes I would like to see Awesome get this if he doesn't get the Cap role. They could cross these over if they can get this right. ps: I did hear that the SyFy channel was taking a crack at the Phantom.

  3. Indiana Jones in tights and a spaceship. If McConaughey shows up anywhere ion this movie I hope he gets sword-tasered in the first 5 seconds of screen time.

  4. Jensen Ackles as flash gordon! i have faith in Eisner and i think he can deliver us a great Flash Gordon movie! :) he seems passionate about this and is ready to start the hard work. i think this will be good:)

  5. i was pissed about the dirk pitt movie once again – had promise then dumped on itself with too much of the joking around. matt was NOT dirk pitt. any way – i look fwd to any incarnation of flash gordon.

  6. I think I would rather see a Flesh Gordon remake…lol.

  7. Jensen could play Flash, but Awesome has the All-American look. I love the 80's Flash movie so please put this on Blue ray all ready. Lets hope they get the Hawkman right this time and not have guys running around in trench coats. Speaking of SyFy their take hand some flaws but I still liked it. They did get casting right for Dale and Ming's daughter so I hope they bring them back. All though Erica D and Chuck's sister would work as well.

  8. A remake sounds good to me.:) They did leave the 80's one open for a sequel maybe they pick up were the last one left off?

  9. Yes that was an oft forgotten classic. Someone should really do a sequel.

  10. Matt McConaughey, as you say, is a good choice but probably too old. Ryan Reynolds might also be a good choice (and I never pick that guy for any part!) if they want the fun approach to Flash.

    Timothy Olyphant (from Breck Eisner's The Crazies), however, would be my top choice – that guy has “upcoming action star” written all over.

    Hell, if it were up to me, he would be cast as Indy in a reboot! “A Perfect Getaway” convinced me of that!

  11. Matt McConaughey, as you say, is a good choice but probably too old. Ryan Reynolds might also be a good choice (and I never pick that guy for any part!) if they want the fun approach to Flash.

    Timothy Olyphant (from Breck Eisner's The Crazies), however, would be my top choice – that guy has “upcoming action star” written all over.

    Hell, if it were up to me, he would be cast as Indy in a reboot! “A Perfect Getaway” convinced me of that!

  12. I enjoyed the 80′s Flash Gordon, grew up with it.

    I don’t mind them doing a re-make of it. Would be awesome with today’s technology.

    My only hope is that they keep the Flash Gordon music by Queen as the theme. I think it is fun. =D

    Hearing about this re-make has prompted me to re-watch the 80′s version and after re-watching it, I still enjoyed it. It delivers a lot of fun, even if it is corny.