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'Flash Gordon' Remake to Be Intense and Real


During a break from shooting "The Crazies", a remake of George Romero's 1973 action drama, director Breck Eisner has shared to Arrow in the Head News about what he has in mind of the "Flash Gordon" remake. The "Sahara" helmer revealed that while his version will still be based on the comic strip, it won't be like the 1980's version.


"The thing about Flash is you've got to throw away the '80s version of it completely out of your mind," Eisner stressed. "I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real. For me it's about re-inventing Flash [but] still staying true to the adventure origins of it. There is an adventurous spirit in that movie absolutely that I want to embrace."


"There is this adventure on Mongo and it is [about] this man brought to another planet and uniting with this group on Mongo," he continued explaining his ideas for the project, "but there is a gritty, intense dynamic [and] active quality to the movie and [a] very modern [feel] that I want to bring to it so that it's not camp."


On the status of the remake, Eisner unveiled that writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have begun working on the script when he started shooting "The Crazies". "They went to draft just as we started shooting, and they're going to get to me a draft at wrap," he said. "I'll read it and do notes and we'll do a polish on that and give it to the studio a couple months from now. Hopefully the studio will like it and we'll go forward. It's a big movie and the studio has got to love the script."


Centering its story on a young polo player who has been kidnapped and taken to planet Mongo, "Flash Gordon" follows the titular character and his friends, Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov, as they fall into an adventure to battle an evil ruler called Ming the Merciless and bring solace to the planet. To be produced by Neal Moritz, it is eyeing 2010 release.


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