Join Date: Aug 2008
From Variety: Sony wins Flash Gordon bidding war
Originally Posted by MICHAEL FLEMING
Tue., May 20, 2008, 1:56pm PT
Sony Pictures Entertainment has won out in spirited bidding for the '30s comicstrip "Flash Gordon," negotiating with Hearst for the rights to make a live-action film.
Breck Eisner ("Sahara") is attached to direct. Neal Moritz will produce through his Sony-based Original Films banner.
Deal being negotiated is for high six figures against seven figures if the film gets made.
"Flash Gordon" was turned into a 1980 film that starred Sam Jones. Hearst Corp.'s King Features Syndicate optioned the property to Universal four years ago, with "The Mummy" director Stephen Sommers and his partner Bob Ducsay to produce. Those rights reverted back to Hearst.
Eisner had been attached to direct that version of the movie. When the rights reverted, he teamed with Moritz. Eisner will also exec produce.
In the wake of "Iron Man's" success, studios are showing a heightened appetite for branded fare that could be made into a franchise. Deal comes two weeks after Nu Image/Millennium Films acquired film rights from the John Flint Dille Trust to mount a live-action feature based on the classic property "Buck Rogers."
In the original incarnation of "Flash Gordon," the 1934 comicstrip created by Alex Raymond, Flash was a handsome polo player who is kidnapped and taken to the planet Mongo. He is pitted against an evil ruler named Ming the Merciless. Comicstrip became the basis of a successful movie serial in that era that starred Buster Crabbe, who later played Buck Rogers.
"Flash Gordon" has had numerous lives on the smallscreen, most recently in the contempo Sci Fi Channel series starring Eric Johnson.
Helmer Eisner is also developing a remake of "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" at Universal and a redo of George Romero's "The Crazies" at Rogue. He recently directed an episode of the upcoming NBC horror anthology series "Fear Itself."
From THR.com: 'Flash Gordon' pace quickens with scribes
Originally Posted by Steven Zeitchik
Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless to pen the script
Aug 8, 2008, 12:00 AM ET
NEW YORK -- "Flash Gordon" is moving ahead at breakneck speed.
Sony has signed writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the script for the new take on the outer space tale, just a few months after winning rights to the title from Hearst.
"Flash Gordon" centers on the titular young polo player who is kidnapped and taken to the distant planet Mongo, where he and companions Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov embark on a series of adventures fighting a ruler named Ming the Merciless.
Sony's "Flash," a live-action film, follows in a 75-year tradition across many media for what began life as Alex Raymond's comic strip; the property was a movie serial in the 1930s, a Sam Jones-toplined feature in 1980 and a recent Sci Fi Channel series.
The ICM-repped Sazama and Sharpless are penning the vampire tale "Dracula Year Zero" for Universal and Zack Snyder's "Cobalt 60."
The new "Flash" originally had been set up at Universal, but rights reverted to Hearst's King Features Syndicate after the project sat in development for several years.
Breck Eisner is attached to direct and Neal Moritz to produce, as they were when the project was set up at Universal.
New Flash Gordon Film Intense, Gritty, Real; Creature from the Black Lagoon ‘PG-13 Scary’
Originally Posted by Breck Eisner
The thing about Flash is, you’ve got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, agressive, 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 disperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It’s not camp.
From 411 Mania:
Originally Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Sam Worthington is being lined up to star in 'Flash Gordon'.
The actor has been linked to the prospective big screen adaptation of the sci-fi comic book hero created by Alex Raymond.
A source said: "If he gets the role it would be quite a big deal as Flash is an all-American hero." However, Australian star Sam has got to fight off stiff competition for the role - as 'The Proposal' actor Ryan Reynolds is also being considered for the part.
The source explained: "Right now it's between Sam, Ryan Reynolds and one or two others for the lead role should the project actually get off the ground."
2010 is set to be a busy year for 33-year-old Worthington. The actor is due to return to Britain in the New Year to promote the remake of epic action adventure 'Clash of the Titans', which will be released in March. There is also talk of an 'Avatar' sequel, but director James Cameron has already confirmed he will be working on a further project before returning to oversee another 3-D adventure.
Worthington truly is the star of the hour. His high-profile roles in Terminator Salvation and Avatar, combined with his upcoming lead role in Clash, have pegged him as a sure-fire action star. At the same time, he's got a dramatic romance called Last Night coming out in March with Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and the thriller The Debt opposite Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds. It looks like being James Cameron's newest star is doing for Worthington what Titanic did for DiCaprio and Winslet, and I for one am not complaining. He's a much better choice than Ryan Reynolds for Flash Gordon, though personally I wouldn't be complaining if this project didn't get off the ground at all. Flash makes a good cheesy relic of an earlier age of cinema, but I don't see it translating well into a modern film. Let Worthington find other outlets for his career, it will be better for him in the long run.
I hope this gets made.
Last edited by Gabe99; 12-29-2009 at 11:01 PM.