‘Flash Gordon’ remake set for production

20th Century Fox signs a deal to reboot 1980 original

A remake of Flash Gordon is reportedly set to go into production.

The Hollywood Reporter today (April 23) carries the story that 20th Century Fox have signed a deal for the rights to the screen version of the comic book. John Davis will produce, while Star Trek 3 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are also on board. There are currently no actors attached to the project.

Fox executive Matt Reilly, who worked on The Lego Movie, was the first person to bring Flash Gordon to the studio and will oversee the project. Sony, Universal and Mandelay have all shown previous interest in rebooting the classic story.

Flash Gordon was first created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond and tells the story of a man who ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its dictatorial leader Ming The Merciless. A big screen version was made in 1980 starring Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow and Sam Jones as Flash. Rock band Queen provided the music.