Ted’s John Bennett and the famous talking teddy bear will be amused or deeply offended to hear that “Flash Gordon” will get the reboot treatment. Several attempts to reboot the iconic sci-fi pic have failed in the past, but this time round it seems we might be in for a proper remake according to rumors making the rounds on the internet. The guys over at Film Divider has reason to believe that the star football player turned-space hero will be returning to the big screen. The report claims that “Star Trek 3” writers, John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, are tapped to write the script for the remake. The creative duo will reportedly team up with producer Jon Davis and are in the process of sealing the deal.
According to the site:
“..the new version will go “right back to the original Raymond comic strips and sidesteps any association with the movie, and even the serials.”
The film will also:
“reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman.”
For those of you not in the know, check out the synopsis for the 1980’s classic (via fandango.com):
“Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming’s goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash’s story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriterLorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy ’60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film’s humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.”
Check out the classic trailer: