Gordon's alive! A big-screen adaptation of the 1930s comic strip is on the way from "Star Trek 3" writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay
It looks like we can add Flash Gordon to the glut of action heroes getting the big screen treatment. Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the film rights for the comic strip hero, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay signed on to write the script.
In the original story, Flash was a polo player who was kidnapped by a mad scientist and taken to the planet Mongo, which was ruled by Ming the Merciless. Though he was first created as a comic strip in 1934 by Alex Raymond, Flash has had many lives over the past century, appearing in many spin-off comics and television series. Most notably was the campy 1980 movie adaptation starring Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Chaim Topol and Sam Jones and a soundtrack by Queen.
According to THR, Fox isn’t the only studio who has been eyeing Flash Gordon for an adaptation — not to mention a potential franchise — which isn’t at all surprising. At this point, it’s safe to assume that all vintage action heros will soon be getting the Hollywood treatment.