Monday, April 30, 2007

A New Flash Gordon

I got home late this evening, which doesn't leave me with much time to write a post. So, I cruised the sci-fi sites in search of something and found out that the Sci-fi Channel is going to do a new Flash Gordon series. Interesting. I just hope it isn't as cheesy as the 80's version. Anyway, I'm just going to copy and paste what they have on their site here, and you can tell me what you think.

PASADENA, Calif. (January 12, 2007) — SCI FI Channel has greenlit production on Flash Gordon, based on the popular comic-strip franchise, it was announced today at the Television Critic's Association tour. Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada in early 2007. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCI FI in July of 2007, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.

Under an agreement with property owner King Features Syndicate, the new series is being produced by RHI's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. (Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Ten Commandments), who previously produced SCI FI's popular miniseries event Legend of Earthsea.

Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov are among the many beloved characters returning to television in this contemporary retelling of the intergalactic exploits of Flash Gordon. Stellar adventures and heroic battles mark this inventive new take on the perennial science-fiction classic. The Flash Gordon comic strip was created in 1934 by legendary comic-strip artist Alex Raymond and is still distributed internationally today by King Features Syndicate.


Flash Uses Tin For Mongo

SCI FI Channel's upcoming original series Flash Gordon will make use of some pieces of the elaborate sets for SCI FI's miniseries Tin Man, which is also filming in Vancouver, Canada, Mark Stern, SCI FI's executive vice president of original programming, told SCI FI Wire. Flash Gordon, a 21st-century update of the classic comic-strip serial, begins shooting on May 1 and premieres on Aug. 10.

Reusing the sets will allow Flash to create a rich look for the planet Mongo, Stern said. "There are some elements of the villain in Tin Man that are similarly dictatoresque in the villain Ming the Merciless on Mongo [in Flash Gordon]," Stern said in an interview at an NBC press event in Pasadena, Calif., over the weekend. "The Wicked Witch in Tin Man definitely has this dictatorship thing going on. So her palace has this Albert Speer-like 1930s design, with Roman columns and fascinating big elaborate halls. So we could retool and repaint and change the glass, and it will be very distinguishably different."

Eric Johnson (Smallville) is set to play the lead role. He said the Flash Gordon set has a "retro-futurisitic feel" to it. "It's the same company making both shows, so whatever you can beg or borrow makes sense," he said. "We're shooting in Vancouver, same place, but this is a very different set. It's like if someone gave you the frame of a car, and you can easily put a new engine in it."


Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

That could be cool. They can give Flash the "Battlestar Galactica" treatment. Make it a little fun and silly, but also have the dark, serious elements.

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll see it until it's on DVD if it gets anywhere.

Carl V. said...

I know several people who are huge fans of the 80's version. For those of you out there who feel the same, a special edition DVD of said version is due out in August of this year.

The Curmudgeon said...

I liked the 1980 movie -- it wasn't good -- but it was unashamedly awful... and there's something to be said for that.

The original serials from the 30's hold a special place in my heart, too.

When I was a boy these were the first thing on TV on Saturday morning -- and I mean first thing... just as soon as the test pattern went off.

For you youngsters out there, a test pattern is sort of like an informercial -- only there's neither movement nor sound (maybe a sustained tone) -- it's not something you watch it's just something to let you know the station is off the air and will come back eventually.

SQT said...

Curmudgeon-- If it helps, I remember the test patterns...

I only saw the 80's version of Flash Gordon. It's been years, but it's kind of emblazoned in my memory, like Xanadu, as being so horribly cheesy that I have blocked all details out of my mind.

I'm like Jon, I hope they make it dark like BSG.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

If they make it right, it should be something special.