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jedi4sshield 11/17/2009 9:11:59 AM

I still Love the 1980's Flash Gordon. As for the newer Tv series I didnt like it very much at all. It had so much potential and they killed it. Another thing, as much as I would want this movie set in the 1930's for authenticity purposes can you really take a whole hour an a half of people talking and acting like cheesy 1930's screen actors. Gee Golly Flash what are we gonna do? The reason I dont mind so much thats its set in 1930's is because of the simple fact that in the 20th century everyone is individualistic and wants to be a Flash. But since its really only going to be just Flash, Zarkov and Dale then I doesnt matter when it's set.

dragon261 11/17/2009 10:25:39 AM

If Pixar's John Carter Warlord of Mars is a hit I could see somebody taking a serious look at a reboot/remake of Flash Gordon. They both have similar fish-out-of-water themes.

westend 11/17/2009 10:26:48 AM

 The only band I can think of that can come close to Queen for doing the soundtrack is Muse.

dragon261 11/17/2009 10:28:46 AM

And I'd like to add that the Syfy series could have been a hit if they hadn't screwed it up with crappy production values, crappy writing, and even crappier acting.

creekwoodkid 11/17/2009 10:46:17 AM

Fu Manchu for the soundtrack.

Walker 11/17/2009 12:07:31 PM

 1. and 5. are somewhat contradictory.  A large number of 80s Flash fans are British, given the number of British actors in that movie.  Making Flash overly jingoistic is not going to help make foreigners more pro-American; it is going to turn them off from the film.  I remember watching The Stand miniseries with my German roommates in the 90s, and they rolled their eyes (and openly mocked the show) at the super-patriotic scenes.

What has always made foreigners hate Americans is when we act so patriotic and superior, but do not live up to our ideals (e.g. American exceptionalism).  Indeed, anti-American sentiment is less now than it was a few years ago because of higher approval of our actions.

Keep the jingoism out of Flash.  He should be an everyman hero, but that is not the same as overt "patriotism".

Hobbs 11/17/2009 12:42:46 PM

Stephen Somers was slated to direct Flash a while ago but that fell to the back burner.

All depends on how you want to do it.  Pony's take on taking it seriously could work but we are talking about Flash.  Can it be taken seriously?  The old serial, the comics, the 80's movie, which was based on the first serial, were not serious....and I won't even bring up that horrible sci-fi show where all the action seemed to take place in Flash's ktichen.

Flash is an over the top sci-fi action hero and I still think he should be treated that way.  As a kid I loved the 80's movie and now I laugh at it but that movie made me a Flash fan when I was a kid. 

jfdavis 11/17/2009 1:12:04 PM

The two biggest problems with the SciFi series for me was the back and forth Earth/Mongo thing, which I will point out seemed to be corrected for season 2 if they didn't cancel it so soon, and the presentation of Ming.  His acting was fine but he seemed more like some Imperial Grand Moff or something. Ming needed to be more exotic looking if not a racist Asian characterature...

I would keep Karen Cliche's character from the show, however, as it adds something new and gives you another woman for the cast...

monkeyfoot 11/17/2009 1:22:28 PM

Hobbs, I don't agree on the "over the top" assessment of FG. This feeling for alot of people comes from the 80's movie. The original serials were supposed to be serious ,though kid matinee oriented adventure like Raiders. Looking back on them now from our modern sensibilities they come across as silly, but that was not their intent. The original comic strip was high adventure and action. It ran in the papers along with Superman ,Tarzan and other adventure strips. We don't have to take the other two heroes only as camp.

The creator Alex Raymond's intent was never supposed to be cheesiness. It is just the way producer's of the last movie and the incredible cheapness of the SyFy show portrayed it.

It's sort of like looking at the Adam West Batman and saying, "Hah, it's guys in tights fighting other guys in tights and silly costumes! BAM! POW! BLAM! It's comic books! They're supposed to be silly.That's the only way to put them on the screen." That's probably why it took producer Michael Uslan almost a decade to finally get Batman to the big screen because he wanted a more serious attempt than the 60's TV show everyone thought the character should be.

okonomiyaki4000 11/17/2009 2:29:29 PM

 Rule #1: Don't bother. Nobody is the least bit interested in Flash Gordon and nobody ever will be. 

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