“Our version of Flash Gordon goes back to strips from ’30s and we will update those and shoot the movie as if the strips were drawn today. It will be an action and adventure sci-fi. In fact, there is nothing in the ’80s version that can be used in this new project if it’s not in the comics. […] It’ll be a franchise for sure. It will be a standalone story, it definitely won’t left open for more, but the ultimate goal is to turn it into a franchise. It will be an origins story for Flash. He’s going to Mongo, he’s gonna save the planet and it will have a superhero buy in and will be unique. It is very much a superhero origins story.”
Director Breck Eisner
Let’s hope the movie will enter into production soon! :)
There is a new Flash Gordon movie ahead. And it won’t be cheesy like the 1980 version: Director Breck Eisner (whose movie ‘The Crazies‘ will be released in February) will be in charge of the project, and he’s likely to do for Flash Gordon what Christopher Nolan did for the Batman movie franchise with batman Begins.
Plot: “American football player Flash Gordon and his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden become unwillingly passengers on-board Dr. Hans Zarkov’s rocket-ship, where they arrive on the planet Mongo, ruled by the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless.”
Breck Eisner’s take on Flash Gordon promises indeed to be a darker version filled with adventure and action:
“The thing about FLASH is, you’ve got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real. For me it’s about reinventing FLASH – we’re still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It’s this man brought to another planet and uniting the disparate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It’s not camp.”
Director Breck Eisner
Now, if only Breck Eisner could learn from James Cameron’s experience on the movie Avatar, then the movie Flash Gordon would be damn awesome! Just imagine Flash Gordon’s epic journey on the planet Mongo in 3D and in IMAX, how fantastic it would be!
The movie Flash Gordon should be released sometime in 2012. Hope to get more information soon! :)