First Highlander, now Flash Gordon is getting a facelift thanks to Columbia Pictures who are in talks to acquire the rights to the comic property.

“Flash” was originally a science fiction newspaper comic strip drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s and was created to compete with another sci-fi strip, “Buck Rogers.” The strip was first adapted to the screen via Buster Crabbe serials and made into a lavish 1980 film starring Sam Jones but remembered more for its Queen score. More recently, it was a Sci Fi Channel miniseries that was seen a critical and ratings failure.

Yeah, critical failure is a bit of an understatement…

No writers are on board to adapt, but if the deal goes through Breck Eisner could direct and Neal Mortiz will produce.

Unlike the HIghlander, a really good remake of Flash Gordon could do wonders for sci-fi comics turned movies, especially if treated like Star Wars Episode IV.

And now a little something for the fans of the original movie. Sing along won’t you?


via THR

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  1. Shawn
    May 20, 2008 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the clip because I was about to go and find it on YouTube myself. The use of that is also my favorite part of Blades of Glory.

  2. Ransom
    May 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    “More recently, it was a Sci Fi Channel miniseries that was seen a critical and ratings failure.”

    It allegedly did well on DVD.

  3. May 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    1980’s Flash Gordon is part of my childhood trifecta (which also consisted of Big Trouble in Little China & Transformers: The Move), I’m all for another Flash movie as long as it is not in the same vein that was the abortion of a television series that SciFi tried pushing on us.

  4. Randallw
    May 21, 2008 at 1:05 am — Reply

    Some of the best parts of Highlander and Flash Gordon is the music by Queen. I can’t imagine what’s left of Queen would make more music for new movies, and it’s not likely they’d reuse the old songs.

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