“Flash Gordon” May Make Big Screen Comeback
Flash Gordon looks set for a big screen comeback.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has just secured a deal that could lead to a big screen pic involving the character.
Under the deal, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who have just worked on Star Trek 3, are on board to write the script. John Davis, whose credits include the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E. . and chronicle, spent more than a year acquiring the rights from the Hearst Corporation.
Created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon first started life as a comic strip hero.
The storyline followed Gordon as he, along with Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, fought Ming the Merciless, tyrannical ruler of the planet Mongo.
Flash Gordon hit the big screen during the 1930s with Buster Crabbe playing the title character. Sam J. Jones took on the role in director Mike Hodges 1980 treatment of the charcter, but the film, which had a soundtrack by Queen, did not really rake in big bucks at the box office.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter