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"Flash Gordon" Gets a Green Light

By Karl Schneider     January 13, 2007

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The Sci Fi Channel has given the green light to 22 one hour episodes of Flash Gordon.

The show will head into production in early 2007 and should debut on the Sci Fi Channel in July of 2007.  The series will be produced by Robert Halmi St. and Robert Halmi Jr. who were previously involved in the Sci Fi Channel's Legend of Earthsea.

The characters of Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be brought back for a contemporary retelling of the comic-strip story created in 1934 by Alex Raymond.

KJ's Take:  Sweet!  I'd rather see this than a film version.  Actually, you know what I would really like to see, a big name comic-book hero get his own series on HBO.  Yeah, that would be even better, but this is good too.


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phillipej 1/13/2007 12:37:49 AM
Can those dates by right? Six months from production to premier? Even assuming that they may have already knocked off initial writing chores, pre-production and casting, 6 months still isn't very long, especially when you consider that any Flash Gordon video property is going to feature at least some FX. Unless of course they're going to go the "Ed Wood" production route, with Flash arriving on Mongo in a couple of burning paper plates glued together and operated with fishing line. And I can't remember that last time I heard of any new show being given a 22-episode commitment before anything had been aired.
madmanic999 1/13/2007 7:58:38 AM
The first movie I ever saw in theatre was The Flash Gordon remake from the 70's or 80's being reshown at an old theatre. So in some weird part of my psyche I want to see this..... I'll always remember the part where he had to put his hand in that weird rock thing with the alien in it.... anyway I digress
bdd 1/13/2007 10:19:43 AM
Ummm... I read this elsewhere and they said it will primere NEXT YEAR. That makes a whole lot more sense than your "news". And this get's 22 episodes? I haven't heard that, Sci-fi doesn't do 22 episode seasons anymore.
goirish83 1/13/2007 11:27:16 AM
The re-make movie is still a classic, even though it was very cheesy. "Flash Gordon, Quarterback, New York Jets"! That was my favorite line. Maybe Sci-Fi will make him a hockey player in this series....I can hear it now, "Flash Gordon, Left-Wing, Columbus Blue Jackets". I can't wait.
jetpackjesus 1/13/2007 11:30:04 AM
Well, there is the possibility that the show could make it on the air by July because SciFi will probably split the show up. Do a two hour premier and two hour finale, making it a 20 episode season. Then they will show 10 episodes starting in July and may give it a few month hiatus where the remaining episodes will continue to be filmed. BSG did something like this in Season 2, and it was a painful wait. I'm fairly certain they still had filming to do during the long hiatus. SciFi has done this before, and it would give them the opportunity to can the show before the full run is actually completed if it's not doing well. As for this show, whenever it's actually being aired, I don't think I have high hopes for it. Of course, this is based on the adaptation of Earthsea these guys did, which was garbage. Also, you will have to do something really impressive to top the 1980 film with that sweet Queen soundtrack. I just get a kick out of that movie.
thebigiff 1/13/2007 11:54:33 AM
6 months is not a problem for todays computer graphics people. We aren't talking 4 years for star wars here. plus I'm sure they had working models complete for their pitch. As far as bdd goes with the "news" comment. Settle. Sheesh maybe they are doing 22 episodes. WOW critics abound.
dragon261 1/13/2007 12:41:55 PM
What happened to the big screen remake that was talked about a few years ago? But, I think that tv would be a better fit, more in keeping with the original film serials. This good be good as long as the Hawkmen don't have plastic wings and wear leather jock straps.
almostunbiased 1/13/2007 1:44:54 PM
SWEET! This sounds like fun. I can't wait.
jppintar326 1/13/2007 4:18:44 PM
What ever happened to a special 25th anniversary DVD edition of Flash Gordon? I think it was released in the UK but not here. Like many people, I saw the movie when I was a kid and enjoyed it very much and didn't pay attention to how campy it was. Gotta love the Queen score, though. As for a new interpretation, well sure why not? We're probably overdo for one. I don't there has been one since "Defenders of the Earth."
mckracken 1/13/2007 6:37:59 PM
yeah I'm hoping for good things with this one too.... sounds promising but nothing will replace the Queen theme: FLASH! He'll save every one of us!! AHH AAAaaaa!" the 80's flick turned up occasionally on the Encore channels and it was every bit as bad as I remembered it was (LOL!) they compliment this FLASH with KRULL for a winning double feature... now speaking of Krull... could they Green Light that series as well?
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