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J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are currently working on the script for STAR TREK 3 with Robert Orci, but are they also penning the script for another sci-fi project? According to Film Divider, the duo are developing a screenplay for a FLASH GORDON reboot, with Jon Davis producing.

The site is also reporting Payne and McKay's take on Flash Gordon will be more like the original Alex Raymond comic, and less like other projects featuring the character. Their FLASH GORDON will apparently not be as campy, and will "reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman."

Film Divider goes on to say, "Don’t expect Payne and McKay to take their Flash Gordon to inappropriate, Christopher Nolan-like extremes, but instead hit a tone closer to the rebooted Star Trek; I guess that’s their wheelhouse. This new incarnation would be full of adventure and razor’s edge escapades, balanced by plenty of character work but no real anguish, ponderous chin-stroking or middle-distance staring."

Although Flash Gordon started out as a comic strip, and has appeared in couple of television series (animated and live-action), most people know of the character because of the 1980 movie starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Chaim Topol and Timothy Dalton. The film was also featured heavily in 2012's TED.

This isn't the first time we've heard about a "gritty" FLASH GORDON reboot, and I'm not sure if that's the right road to take with the the new movie. A big reason why the 1980 film became a cult classic is because of its camp style, and I just don't know if there's any interest in a serious version of FLASH GORDON.

Maybe I'm wrong though. Do you like J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay's plans for FLASH GORDON?

Source: Film Divider

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11:17AM on 04/16/2014
I guess anything that's older than 10 years qualifies for camp these days? When the Flash Gordon film was released in 1980, it generally wasn't considered camp, say in the way that Adam West's Batman or Gilligan's Island was. Rather, it was in keeping with the style of action and science fiction of the time.

I'd argue that a bigger reason for the film's status as a cult classic is the Queen soundtrack, and the stunning costumes and sets, not to mention miniature work that still holds up
I guess anything that's older than 10 years qualifies for camp these days? When the Flash Gordon film was released in 1980, it generally wasn't considered camp, say in the way that Adam West's Batman or Gilligan's Island was. Rather, it was in keeping with the style of action and science fiction of the time.

I'd argue that a bigger reason for the film's status as a cult classic is the Queen soundtrack, and the stunning costumes and sets, not to mention miniature work that still holds up ridiculously well in today's CG world. Every frame of the film is packed with fantastic artwork.

That said, they already tried a gritty reboot on SyFy channel, which didn't really seem to have much to do with the original comic or any other iteration. It was a miserable failure.

Part of the reason is modern Hollywood's inability to handle a villainous character like Ming in today's hyper-emotional PC world where people actively seek things to be offended by. Ming is a holdover from the days of the Yellow Peril. I don't think uber-liberal Hollywood is capable of handling this character effectively today.
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11:28AM on 04/16/2014
I think it was recognised as camp, particularly in terms of its production value. Here's what Roger Ebert said in his contemporaneous review: "At a time when "Star Wars" and its spin-offs have inspired special effects men to bust a gut making their interplanetary adventures look real, "Flash Gordon" is cheerfully willing to look as phony as it is...I really wouldn't have minded if they'd left a tube of model airplane glue lying in the lower left-hand corner."
I think it was recognised as camp, particularly in terms of its production value. Here's what Roger Ebert said in his contemporaneous review: "At a time when "Star Wars" and its spin-offs have inspired special effects men to bust a gut making their interplanetary adventures look real, "Flash Gordon" is cheerfully willing to look as phony as it is...I really wouldn't have minded if they'd left a tube of model airplane glue lying in the lower left-hand corner."
12:04PM on 04/16/2014
Here's what Roger Ebert had to say about Blade Runner:

"He (Ridley Scott) seems more concerned with creating his film worlds than populating them with plausible characters, and that's the trouble this time. "Blade Runner" is a stunningly interesting visual achievement, but a failure as a story." [link]

Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.

I actually saw Flash Gordon in 1980 when it was released in theaters, and was part of its intended audience. It was another
Here's what Roger Ebert had to say about Blade Runner:

"He (Ridley Scott) seems more concerned with creating his film worlds than populating them with plausible characters, and that's the trouble this time. "Blade Runner" is a stunningly interesting visual achievement, but a failure as a story." [link]

Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.

I actually saw Flash Gordon in 1980 when it was released in theaters, and was part of its intended audience. It was another manifestation of the film industry's race to capitalize on the newfound post-Star Wars interest in sci-fi.
11:01AM on 04/16/2014
Mark Wahlberg and Sam Jones cameo! They can be like sitting in the corner of a bar or something.
Mark Wahlberg and Sam Jones cameo! They can be like sitting in the corner of a bar or something.
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9:37AM on 04/16/2014
Flash! Ah Ah Ahhhhhhh! I hope whatever they do, they'd keep Queen's iconic "Flash Gordon" song.
Flash! Ah Ah Ahhhhhhh! I hope whatever they do, they'd keep Queen's iconic "Flash Gordon" song.
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10:05AM on 04/16/2014
Haha, you beat me to it.
Haha, you beat me to it.
10:11AM on 04/16/2014
Hehe, sorry about that but it's a really great song.
Hehe, sorry about that but it's a really great song.
11:34AM on 04/16/2014
Oh they have the Queen song in song way shape or form. Probably just have the chorus sampled by Jay-Z or something.
Oh they have the Queen song in song way shape or form. Probably just have the chorus sampled by Jay-Z or something.
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