Columbia Wants Flash Gordon
Columbia Pictures may be rocketing a redo-update of “Flash Gordon,” and is in early talks to acquire the film rights for a big-screen adaptation that Breck Eisner would direct and Neal Moritz would produce. Eisner would also exec produce.
“Flash” was originally a science fiction newspaper comic strip drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s and was created to compete with another sci-fi strip, “Buck Rogers.” The strip was first adapted to the screen via Buster Crabbe serials and made into a lavish 1980 film starring Sam Jones but remembered more for its Queen score. More recently, it was a Sci Fi Channel miniseries that was seen a critical and ratings failure.
Storywise, Flash was a sports player who travels to the planet Mongo with his lady love, Dale Arden, and the mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. There, they discover a world ruled by Ming the Merciless and meet strange inhabitants such as the Hawkmen and the Sharkmen. [thr]