Friday, January 1, 2010

Flash Gordon Movie in 2012

Flash Gordon MovieDirector Breck Eisner (who helmed the remake of The Crazies) is planning a new live-action movie adaptation of Flash Gordon. The film will be based on a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. It is scheduled for a release in 2012.

"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."

Beyond the plot above, Breck Eisner really wants to bring a breath of fresh air to the story of Flash Gordon:

"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

I kind of dig Breck Eisner's take on Flash Gordon. And it won't be that hard I think for him to make a better film than the cheesy 1980 Flash Gordon movie! If you don't remember the cheesiness of the 1980 version just watch below the first Flash Gordon trailer:

I hope that Breck Eisner's Flash Gordon movie will be darker and more realistic, and that it will put the focus on adventure and action.

The cast of the new Flash Gordon movie hasn't been announced yet, but Sam Worthington is said to be a contender. Do you think he would be fit for the role of Flash Gordon? Or do you have someone else in mind?