/flash-gordon-reboot-moving-forward-with-star-trek-3-writers/Last Week, FilmDivider reported that Flash Gordon, which had been stuck in development hell for years, was moving forward with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Today, THR confirms 20th Century Fox has finalized a deal to pick up the screen rights, with both writers attached.
John Davis will produce this sci-fi reboot, after the studio spent more than a year trying to lock down the rights from the Hearst Corporation. The veteran producer worked on Chronicle for Fox, and is behind The Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot. He used his own discretionary fund to secure the rights.
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The original comic strip was created by Alex Raymond in 1934, and was turned into the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon. The character first appeared on screen in the early 1930s serial movies such as Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), which served as inspiration for George Lucas to create the original Star Wars trilogy. Aside from these serials and the 1980 movie, Flash Gordon was also adapted into the 1979 animated TV series The New Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon and the live-action Syfy Flash Gordon series which ran from 2007 to 2008.
In the original Alex Raymond comics, Yale graduate and polo player Flash Gordon was kidnapped and taken to the planet Mongo, where he does battle with Ming the Merciless alongside friends Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov. The tone of this new version is said to be similar to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, full of "adventure and razor's edge escapades, balanced by plenty of character work."
Breck Eisner was at one time attached to direct back in 2008, with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama writing the script. That was when the movie was set up at Universal. The property then moved to Sony, where Neal H. Moritz was set to direct.