‘Flash Gordon’ Remake Picked Up By Fox

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About a week ago, news hit the web that camp classic Flash Gordon – the subject of Mark Wahlberg’s and Seth MacFarlane’s fawning adoration in 2012′s Ted – might be getting the remake treatment, with emphasis on the word “might”. The announcement sounded somewhat fishy on paper, pegging Star Trek 3 writing duo J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay as the screenplay’s architects while offering no mentions of a producing studio and no official source to back it up; all of these details add up to a hot rumor but not necessarily anything authoritative.

But it turns out that all those rumblings about Flash Gordon‘s modern-day rebirth were accurate, if somewhat obscured, and that the new movie will in fact be going forward after all. 20th Century Fox is the company backing the project, with producer John Davis captaining the ship, wrangling not only the likes of Payne and McKay, but also George Nolfi, who wrote The Bourne Ultimatum and directed 2011′s The Adjustment Bureau; the former two will be basing their own work on a script blueprint Nolfi penned himself.

Word on this turn of events comes straight out of THR; apparently, Fox has been trying to get Flash Gordon off the ground for quite some time, not just for its own sake but for franchising purposes, to boot. “Why”, of course, remains something of a mystery – Mike Hodges’ 1980 masterpiece of B-cinema does not, at first blush, resemble the kind of property any major studio would be anxious to revitalize for a contemporary audience – but be that as it may, it looks like Flash Gordon 3.0 is happening for real.

Whether that’s a positive or a negative for fans of Hodges’ so-bad-it’s-amazing film is another question entirely. For the uninitiated, Flash Gordon follows the exploits of its titular character as he attempts to thwart the evil intergalactic tyrant Ming the Merciless’ plans to destroy Earth using natural disasters as his weapon; it’s every bit as hokey as it sounds, more so given that Flash is a superstar football player. Hodges’ movie finds its basis in Alex Raymond’s 1930 comic strip of the same name, which eventually became a series of movie serials, each told in up to fifteen installments apiece spanning from the mid-to-late-1930s to 1940.

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So what, exactly, Fox sees in redeveloping Flash Gordon in today’s blockbuster climate is unknown, to say nothing of what direction the film will ultimately take. Will Flash and his adventures across the planet Mongo adopt the same cheesy, cartoony tone as the 1980 movie? Will the story and its characters be updated to suit current expectations of studio entertainment? Or will the film fall somewhere in between these two approaches, combining unabashed ridiculousness with large-scale blockbusting?

Given that Flash Gordon has barely begun to germinate at the pre-production level, it’s going to be quite some time before we have even a hint of what the film will look like, but it’s tempting to interpret the presence of Payne and McKay as a tell on Fox’s behalf. While Star Trek 3 isn’t the pair’s first venture together – that would be Boilerplate, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming (and presently stalled) comic book adaptation – it could be that previous involvement on another big-screen space opera (one that’s yet to even hit theaters) gave them all the street cred necessary to convince Fox to hire them.

That’s nothing but speculation, mind, so don’t presume it’s a guarantee of Flash Gordon‘s tone; we’ll get a better perspective on that once Fox starts making cast and crew picks. In the meantime, though, the message is clear: Gordon’s alive!

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Flash Gordon is in development.

Source: THR

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  1. If it is set back in the 30s or 40s then it could be a parody/comedy/adventure. Whatever the case it will need a good soundtrack.

    • Who will be cast? Who is under a Fox contract? Who hasn’t played a super-hero?

      • My greatest fear is Ashton Kutcher. If you think back to That 70′s show, he was pretty much Flash’s twin but with dark hair.

        • He is a little old to be playing Flash, but he isn’t the worst choice. He has range and is willing to play a goof.

      • Mark Wahlberg

  2. Yes. The Queen soundtrack was the highlight of the original movie.

    • couldn’t agree more!! how do you top queen nowadays though?? the foo’s maybe??

    • 10,000% agree with this.

      • a flash gordon trilogy. foo’s do the first soundtrack, korn the next then metallica close it down.

        • +1

    • Flash AH AH !!! HE save everyone of us!!!

      Hail Flash, the Savior of The UNIVERSE !!

      Just a man…with a man’s courage…nothing but a man but he can NEVER fail.

      No one but the pure in heart can find the golden grail…oh oh oh…oh woah woah…..

      Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. This will stay in Development hell for a long time. A shame really, could be great but you know that it wont because they will turn it into generic modern day b*******…

  4. Wow Andy, what is up with the negative attacks on the Flash Gordon concept, whether it is the original Alex Raymond comic strips to the Buster Crabbe serials to the 1980 film? Hokey? Not a chance. I won’t mention, however, the Sci-Fi version which was truthfully an abomination. Seriously, this is a fantastic story that was the inspiration to George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and many other top filmmakers and led the way to many of the blockbuster movies and television shows that fans absolutely love. So is there an interest in Flash Gordon? Most certainly, if it is done right. So your question why? The question is more like, why wouldn’t they?

    • Negative attacks? What negative attacks? I love Flash Gordon. I love it because of its campy charms; when I call it cartoony, hokey, or cheesy, it’s in the most positive spirit possible. I mean, I even described it as so-bad-it’s-amazing, which it is. The camp elements are all part of the joy of watching the film.

  5. I just posted this as a comment on what movies I look forward to Being remade A COUPLE MONTHS BACK and FLASH GORDON was one of it. I AM JUST DONE WITH SEQUELS AND UNWORTHY REMAKES!

    HOPEFUL REMAKES

    1 – WESTWORLD
    2 – DUNE
    3 – THE LAST STAR FIGHTER
    4 – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ( 2 REMAKES IN PROCESS KINGS AND GODS AND EXODUS)
    5 – FLASH GORDON
    DAMN I CAN’T REMEMBER THE REST!LOL

    • 6. Highlander. A decent remake though with a worthy kurgan. Maybe someone like tom hardy? Liam Cunningham would be a fantastic Ramirez!! Connor, after seeing Chris Hemsworth in sleeping beauty I could imagine him making a fearsome looking clansman.
      7. Frankenstein. Preferably a Tim Burton version!
      8. Flatliners. Given the advancements we’ve made now, how what would the process be in a modern day setting??
      9. Labyrinth. I would love to see Guillermo Del Toro get his hands on that one. I could see that being something special.
      10. Excalibur. A Zack Snyder version I could see being epic!! Then again, Peter Jackson?? Oh my!!

      • doh!! chris hemsworth in snow white i meant.

      • No remake of Excaliber. Ever. That movie is a classic.

        • i agree completely. absolute classic and a great story. its one definitely worthy of a big budget remake. it would have to be made by us brits though to give it any real gravitas.

          • Yup, need someone like John Boorman. Personally, I’d rather see it not get a re-make.

      • Tom Hardy is tall enough to play the Kurgan, if the first film is the archetype. The actor who played him was 6’5″. However, if the Kurgan is more historically accurate, then he would look different. Maybe a lot different. Ancient peoples were shorter than modern humans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurgan

        • *Tom Hardy isn’t …

      • Labyrinth yes but no Del Toro -it would end up looking like The Dark Crystal
        Excalibur -excellent choice

        anyone down for Krull? anyone? Bueller . . ..Bueller . .

    • I’d love to see a remake of buck rogers,

    • Westworld = yes
      The Last Starfighter = yes
      Dune = the first one was a very bad idea
      Ten Commandments = only if they make it Noah
      while we’re at it toss in Streetfighter and Mortal Kombat for good measure

  6. “…adopt the same cheesy, cartoony tone as the 1980 movie?” -Ok Andy Crump no need to get personal!-lol The special effects weren’t top notch at all but as a kid in the 80′s that movie was a lot of fun. Wasn’t Star Wars by any stretch (not saying it was trying to be) but it was successful in making a connection for a 30′s area hero. It can almost be said that’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy will be. A guy from earth befriends several alien races and becomes a hero.

    • Like the fellow a couple of posts above, you’ve got me all wrong, buddy! I have a deep abiding love of Flash Gordon. If I’m down on anything, it’s the idea of remaking it, because I just don’t get the point – but nothing can touch Hodges’ film.

  7. If Fox is going to do a Flash Gordon film, It should be a 3 picture trilogy. Now that Star Wars is gone from Fox, The Flash Gordon films should be have the tones of the classic serials with the story influence of the 70′s Filmation animated movie & TV series! The first movie should be the reason why Flash & company are on Mongo and how he gains the trust of Prince Barin against Ming & his daughter Aura. The second film should be about the evil Queen Azura, the only being on Mongo that Ming himself fears! and the third movie is how all races on Mongo led by Flash tries to overthrow Ming & save Earth. Hopefully Fox will treat the Flash Gordon reboot to the way it was created with a more modern style with an exiting story honoring the way the character was created!

  8. I think Armie Hammer can make a great casting playing Flash Gordon ?

    • …I can’t even articulate through words how much I would love for Fox to make that casting call. I’ll have to resort to interpretive dance instead.

  9. If it’s done as it was in the comics and books with the technological advancements of today, it will be very good. I am not a big fan of the 80′s Flash Gordon, except for the sound track. I read Flash’s adventures as a child of the 40′s and those stories were great. Just as I am so happy to see my Marvel Hero’s and Batman on the big screen, I would love to see Flash Gordon modernized. He was the inspiration of every space opera made. He needs and deserves a great movie.

  10. I would love to see the movie done in the style of the original Alex Raymond artwork and The Lord of the Rings movies … It would be epic!

  11. Oh great now we can look forward to a dark and gritty flash gorden movie. Just what we needed to because when I think of new and original ways something can be remade I think dark and gritty.

  12. The “why” is simple and obvious: Disney bought LucasFilm, so Fox needs to replace Star Wars as a marketable franchise, and what better than the original? This is more likely to look to the comics and the serial than the 80′s movie, honestly. The serials, for serials of the era, are amazing quality.

  13. If the people want this movie bad enough, I want to direct it…

    Flash! BOOOM!!! AH HA!!! Savior of every one of us! Tom Brady (Unless people want him, then I will get someone else)! Generic explosion! Ming. Shoot out! Run away!!! Booom!!! The last BOOOOOOM saved us all!!! Blond hair. Credits roll. People ask why I have a job. I get a huge check and another job. You say you won’t see the movie. You buy a ticket anyways. I get more money.

  14. Might be worse than “John Carter”…

  15. I hope Fox will make it “campy” again but with the latest CGI of course

    • I hope Fox makes it so I get to direct.

  16. im betting it’ll get fast tracked fox is a big movie studio

  17. They should remake the lone ranger, i loved him as a kid.

  18. Kissjonez!
    I’ll add these FOR VOTE to your list as remakes:

    CAPTAIN BLOOD
    TREASURE ISLAND
    CAPTAIN KIDD
    MORGAN THE PIRATE
    ENEMY MINE
    OUR MAN FLINT
    THE DRIVER
    FRENCH CONNECTION
    THE GETAWAY
    THE VIKINGS
    MR MAJESTIC
    BULLIT
    BLACK MOON RAISING
    ISLAND OF DR MAROU
    AMERICAN NINJA
    AMERICAN YAKUZA
    LA CIRCLE ROUGE
    SANDOKAN
    THE LONG SHIPS
    THE BLACK SWAN
    BLACKBEARED THE PIRATE
    SPARTACUS
    EL CID
    KINGS OF THE SUN
    JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
    THE BEASTMASTER REMAKE OD DIRECT SEQUEL
    ARABIAN ADVEBTURE
    SINBAD THE SEALER (THE 6 YOYAGE OR – SEUQUEL TO THE 3 COLUMBIA CLASSICS OR REMAKE)
    JOURNEWY TO THE CENTRE OF EARTH
    KULL THE CONQUEREO (NEEDS DEFENETTLY A REMAKE RIGHT AFTER LEGEND OF CONAN)
    MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
    THEIF OF BAGHDAD
    WARLORD OF ATLANTIS
    THE LOST CONTINENT
    PIRATES OD BLOOD RIVER
    ARK OF THE SUNGOD
    KING SOLOMON’R MINES
    THE PHANTOM (THIS OE NEED BETTER PRODUCTION THAN THE BILLY ZANE FLOP)
    SCREWBALLS
    PORKY’S
    GUNS OF NERONE
    WHERE EAGLES DARE
    THE SAINT

    THAT IS FOR NOW

  19. Sounds interesting. I’ve always wanted a good reboot of Buck Rogers

  20. It just won’t be the same without Queen and the cheesy special effects. I’m sure it will do well in the box office, but will never share the same sentiment with me than the original that I grew up with.

  21. Chris Pratt for Flash Gordon?

  22. I fear that the remake will be campy or worse. i feel that it could make a wonderful movie maybe this time make ming and his people asian? granted it was a raciest script from a raciest time, but with good acting and a much improved script good cinematography, it can be made if not lest say not less raciest. at less one where the villains aren’t cartoony, and truly more scary, but and defiantly less anti scientific.

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