It’s been a while since Kervyn told us that Twentieth Century Fox had picked up the rights to pulp comic action hero Flash Gordon and are intent on bringing him back to the big screen. Little’s been heard since then but in a recent interview with Den of Geek about his life and career, star of the 1980’s movie Sam J. Jones dropped this little tit bit of news – instead of being a straight reboot it might be a sequel instead.
When asked about whether there had been plans for a sequel to his original 1980’s appearance he said:
That was then, but up to date now Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to Flash Gordon last year, and he hired [Predator/ Chronicle/ Man From U.N.C.L.E producer] John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel actually. I met with Matt, we’re in talks about that. I’m very excited. A lot of people over the years, including Stephen Sommers and Neil H Moritz, have acquired the screenplay rights, but for whatever reason they did not do a follow up on the option. So I’m very excited about it.
They then asked if he’d play an older Flash or mentor a younger character:
However they want to use me, I’m very excited. I told Matt, however he wants to use me, keep one thing in mind: whatever a younger, leading man can do, I cannot only match him, I can do more! If he does 20 pull-ups, I can do 30 pull-ups. If he can do 100 push-ups, I can do 150 push-ups. Just keep that in mind!
They might have to get Brian Blessed a much sturdier pair of wings though.
This could actually work quite nicely as a soft reboot. I bet most of us who’ve seen the 1980’s movie did so a long time ago and remember very little about it other than the theme song. So the idea of the old Flash Gordon mentoring a protege would allow for a new hero to take over, fill in some back story, and provide a link to the earlier movie. Either way, Gordon’s alive!?
Last Updated: March 16, 2015