Is ‘Flash Gordon’ About to Get Its Own Reboot?

By April 15, 2014

Long-standing affection and an established reputation certainly sound like some solid building blocks to turn comic-based heroes (of the both super and sci-fi variety, among others) into cinematic stars, but that’s not always the case. Hey, John Carter. Hello, Flash Gordon. But just because it didn’t work out for those guys the last time around doesn’t mean that we’ll never see them on the big screen again – in fact, one of them might be coming back after a three-decade break.

Film Divider is reporting that a new Flash Gordon movie is in the works, with screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay on board to write a script that will essentially reboot the sci-fi comic strip hero after the notorious disaster that was the 1980 Flash Gordon feature film. Payne and McKay aren’t big names – yet – but although this news from Film Divider doesn’t have much to back it up, the duo are already set to pen the next Star Trek film, so they certainly do have the attention of plenty of Hollywood bigwigs.

As they note over at Cinema Blend, “the source of this story is a bit sketchy, as they never claim where they actually got the story from and have only been established for a very short time. That said, the website did an interview with Payne last month and also claimed that he and his writing partner are working on the Flash Gordon reboot.” So, yes, take this one with a grain of salt.

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Flash famously hit the big screen back in 1980, thanks to Mike Hodges’ notoriously bad version of the comic strip hero. Although the film was a financial success and it received a bevy of positive reviews from critics, its over-the-top style pushed it firmly into “camp” territory, and it’s now a cult classic among cinephiles. And, no, “cult classic” is not what anyone is going for when they make a big budget comic movie (the film cost $20M back in 1980, which is approximately $60M in today’s scratch).

The sci-fi hero was first introduced to fans back in 1934, thanks to an Alex Raymond-crafted comic strip. Flash was meant as a direct response to the popular Buck Rogers strip, an extremely popular comic that centered on a WWI veteran who fell into suspended animation after radiation exposure, ultimately waking up nearly 500 years later to find a war-ravaged country he ultimately helps defend. Flash, on the other hand, sees his adventures play out in outer space, after being transported via spaceship to the planet Mongo. Hijinks ensue!

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
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