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Last week we heard rumors that Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were being eyed to pen the script for a Flash Gordon reboot, and today, that news has been confirmed. According to THR, 20th Century Fox will be the next studio to try and bring the space adventurer rocketing back to the big screen.
Producer John Davis (Chronicle, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) is overseeing the film, after spending more than a year securing the rights to the pulp comic-strip, while Bourne Ultimatum scribe George Nolfi’s original script will now be written by Payne and McKay.
Created in 1934 by Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon follows a Yale graduate who, along with the lovely Dale Arden, is kidnapped and taken into outer space by a mad scientist named Dr. Zarkov. They end up on the planet Mongo, and find themselves fighting against the tyrannical dictator, Ming the Merciless. »
- James Garcia
(Cbr) Look out Ming the Merciles, because Fox has officially planted its flag on Mongo. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has finally nailed down the rights to a "Flash Gordon" film following a year of work by producer John Davis. The script will be written by "Star Trek 3" writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, based on a treatment by George Nolfi of "Bourne Ultimatum" fame. The broad strokes of the story are well-established by now (it has been 80 years after all): a half-mad scientist named Dr. Hans Zasrkov kidnaps handsome polo player (or, later, football player) Flash Gordon and his companion Dale Arden and takes them by rocket ship to the planet Mongo, where the villainous Ming has been hurling asteroids at Earth. Gordon adapts to the new world and quickly becomes Ming’s adversary. Created by famed cartoonist Alex Raymond to compete with "Buck Rogers »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
According to reports, Twentieth Century Fox is looking to replace their coveted Lucasfilm "Star Wars" franchise, now in the hands of Disney, by securing screen rights to "Flash Gordon", the 1930's newspaper comics hero, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas.
'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate and his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.
Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', »
- Michael Stevens
No longer just the punchline of a running gag in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, Twentieth Century Fox is looking to make a new adaptation of Flash Gordon. The character, of course, predates the cheesy 80s movie that MacFarlane had so much fun with- having debuted as a comic strip in 1934- but this will likely be the biggest splash he’s ever made. Producer John Davis has been gunning for a new Flash Gordon for quite a while and, most recently, spent a year working on getting the rights to the character from the Hearst Corporation. Having succeeded, he’s now tapped J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to write the script, based off of a treatment by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum).
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The rights were secured by John Davis, who’s produced films like Chronicle and the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. He’s the one who hired George Nolfi to pen a treatment for Payne and McKay. There is no word yet on who’ll be directing.
Created by Alex Raymond in 1934, Flash Gordon began life as a serialized comic strip, following the intergalactic adventures of the titular hero, his fellow adventurer and love interest, Dale Arden, and brilliant scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. Together, the trio explore fantastic interplanetary locales like Mongo, home of the devilish Ming the Merciless.
Tremendously popular in the late 1930s as a trio of big screen serials, Flash Gordon »
- Laura Frances
I don’t know anything about Flash Gordon. I believe there was a cheesy movie in 1980 starring some football player … or something. Above is a pic from that, uh, classic. Man, that looks like a fun movie. (If you’re 5 years old, anyway.) I do remember that the Syfy Channel had a Flash Gordon TV show not all that long ago. The show itself was pretty forgettable, but man, Gina Holden was ridiculously hot in it. She’s, uh, the one in purple in the banner pic below. I’m assuming the All-American blond was Flash Gordon. It looks like Twentieth Century Fox and producer John Davis plan on bringing the broad-shouldered savior of the universe back to the big screen. They’ve set writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to pen the script, with the duo working from a treatment by “Bourne Identity” writer George Nolfi. Because obviously when you think “Flash Gordon, »
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Robert Downey Jr. has shared his first photo from the set of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. We don't think that's Iron Man's new costume, but we'll have to wait until the movie arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015 to be sure. [Twitter] Flash Gordon: A new version of Flash Gordon is heading to the big screen. Alex Raymond created the sci-fi hero for a comic strip adventure first published in 1934. Since then it's been adapted in just about every media imaginable, most notably the 1980 movie version (starring Sam Jones). Now Fox has acquired screen rights and has hired J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) to write a new script, based on a treatment by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). [Heat Vision]  ...
- Peter Martin
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Robert Downey Jr. has shared his first photo from the set of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. We don't think that's Iron Man's new costume, but we'll have to wait until the movie arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015 to be sure. [Twitter] Flash Gordon: A new version of Flash Gordon is heading to the big screen. Alex Raymond created the sci-fi hero for a comic strip adventure first published in 1934. Since then it's been adapted in just about every media imaginable, most notably the 1980 movie version (starring Sam Jones). Now Fox has acquired screen rights and has hired J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) to write a new script, based on a treatment by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). [Heat Vision] ...
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I know Mike Hodges' 1980 film Flash Gordon is considered to be a cult classic, but I am not a part of that cult. Telling the story of a polo player (the film changed him to a football player) who finds himself traveling to the planet Mongo to battle Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond and that first film adaptation was beyond campy to the point I found it hardly watchable. Now Fox is setting out to do what producer Neal Moritz couldn't about six years ago at Sony, which is take another stab at a feature film adaptation. THR reports Fox has secured the rights for a feature adaptation and has set Star Trek 3 scribes, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, to write the screenplay based on a treatment written by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum). I have little expectation this will actually »
- Brad Brevet
It should come as no surprise in this current age of tentpole filmmaking, where studios are hoarding every pre-existing property they can get their hands on, that we’d eventually get to a point past diminished returns, where it makes no sense to repackage a film/TV show/what have you for modern audiences since the property is so obscure or dated that most audiences won’t care or even fail to recognize it. Yet here we are, at a point were there are serious plans to bring back “Flash Gordon” to the big screen. THR reports 20th Century Fox has nabbed the rights to the original Alex Raymond-created pulpy science-fiction comic-strip series with “Star Trek 3” co-writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay set to write the hero’s newest silver-screen adventure based off a treatment from “The Adjustment Bureau” filmmaker George Nolfi. If you’re familiar with the hero’s name, »
- Cain Rodriguez
As cheesy as it is to start an article about a new Flash Gordon movie with 'Gordon's alive!!!', that is exactly what went through my head when I read the news. Beginning life as serialized comic strip in 1934, the galaxy travelling adventurer first foray into movies in 1980 wasn't what you would call a box office success, but over the years it has become a genuine cult classic. Now, 20th Century Fox have acquired the rights to the character, marking its 80th anniversary this year, with The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi providing the outline for the story, which will be expanded upon by Star Trek 3 scribes Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. There is no word on whether Nolfi will direct. The project is only in development at this stage, so no word on when we will actually see this. via THR »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It was rumored the other day and now its confirmed - 20th Century Fox has closed a deal to pick up the screen rights to pulp comic-strip "Flash Gordon".
"Flash Gordon" dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a ultra camp 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Flash Gordon is set to return to the big screen, as 20th Century Fox have today closed a deal to pick up the rights to the character in a package which has J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay on board to write the script.
The duo are currently hard at work on Star Trek 3, and producer John Davis (Chronicle, Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is spearheading the project and actually brought on George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Adjustment Bureau) to pen a treatment. Nolfi will now also serve as a producer on the movie.
Payne and McKay are also responsible for adapting graphic novel Boilerplate and a big screen take on 1970s toyline Micronauts for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, so it’s clear that they’ve impressed him enough to land a job on Star Trek 3 despite being relative newcomers.
Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by »
- Josh Wilding
Must..resist…doing…classic Queen “Aaa-aaaahhhh”. 20th Century Fox has secured the rights to the classic comic-strip character who made his name back in 1934, a mighty 80 years ago. Many serials would follow, starting in 1936 with Buster Crabbe in the lead, and a 1980 film famous for its Queen soundtrack tried, but failed, to cash0in on the popularity of Sci-fi due to Star Wars. The tale of Flash Gordon sees the titular polo player travel to Mongo and battle the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless.
Writers of the next Star Trek film, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, are coming up with a first draft for the proposed reboot, with suggestions that George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureu) may direct as he has stipulated the outline of the film. That’s quite an interesting group to tackle such old material, so let’s hope they update it accordingly.
The 1980 Mike Hodges film, Flash Gordon, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
20th Century Fox is reportedly developing a Flash Gordon movie reboot.
The recently revived comic book character first launched in 1934 and has seen several onscreen iterations, including a 1954 television series.
Perhaps the most popular depiction of the Flash Gordon character was played by Sam J Jones in the 1980 feature film of the same name.
In 2007, the Syfy channel aired a live-action Flash Gordon series.
Watch actor Jonathan Lloyd discuss the show with Digital Spy below: »
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With Star Wars heading back to theaters, it’s only natural that Flash Gordon follow suit. Ironically, it was the 1930s Flash Gordon serial that was a big influence on George Lucas, whose Star Wars movies then seemed to have an influence on the release of the campy Flash Gordon feature in 1980. This time, though, another adaptation of Alex Raymond’s sci-fi comic strip will be more tied to the Star Trek franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, hot »
- Christopher Campbell
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.
Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights to Flash Gordon from Hearst Entertainment, with John Davis producing and Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. First published 80 years ago in a sci-fi adventure comic strip from Alex Raymond, the title hero is a handsome athlete and Yale grad who rockets to the planet Mongo with his faithful companions to put a stop to the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless. George Nolfi penned a treatment of the reboot and is now on board as producer. Hit the jump for more. Word of Fox's Flash Gordon grab comes courtesy of Heat Vision. There's currently no news as to which direction the reboot will go, or what exactly the tone might be. One thing's for certain, there's plenty of source material to explore and mine for an obvious film franchise. Most of Gordon & Co.'s travels take them across the planet »
- Dave Trumbore
THR confirm (Film Divider actually broke the news last week) that Twentieth Century Fox has nabbed the rights to Flash Gordon, the pulp comic strip hero who debuted back in the '30s. Most fans will remember the character from the cheesy, but entertaining, '80s movie which featured the now iconic "Queen" soundtrack. This reboot will be produced by John Davis and has up-and-coming scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay on board to pen the script along with George Nolfi. Sony's Neal Moritz recently tried to get his own Flash Gordon flick off the ground, but to no avail. So, who do guys think would suit the roles of Flash, Dale Arden, Hans Zasrkov, Ming the Merciless ..and possibly Lion-Man? Okay so they probably won't go near that cartoon! Sound off in the usual spot. »
The comic strip science fiction hero Flash Gordon is heading back to the big screen! The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that 20th Century Fox has secured the big screen rights to the character, who celebrates his 80th anniversary this year. Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (who are, alongside Roberto Orci, writing the next Star Trek feature film as well) will draft Flash Gordon , based on an outline by The Adjustment Bureau writer/director George Nolfi. There is no word yet on whether or not Nolfi may be looking to direct. Created by Alex Raymond in 1934, Flash Gordon began life as a serialized comic strip, following the intergalactic adventures of the titular hero, his fellow adventurer and love interest, Dale Arden, and brilliant scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. »
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