Scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are set to write the screenplay for the 'Flash Gordon' movie according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sony only recently secured the rights to the long-running sci-fi comic strip hero from Hearst.
Sazama and Sharpless are relative newcomers, currently working on 'Dracula Year Zero' for Universal and Zack Snyder's 'Cobalt 60.'
'Flash Gordon' represents one of the earliest success stories in the comics-to-film movement, having appeared in 1930s movie serials which captured the imagination of fans everywhere, including one George Lucas who was inspired to make 'Star Wars'. The movie development is a bit of a surprise, coming hot on the heals of a less-than-stellar SCI FI channel TV series.
Breck Eisner is attached to direct and Neal Moritz to produce.