Marc Waldman wrote:
Just wanted to let you know that I have been listening to your show for about 2 months now (Just recently got into listening to podcast) and thoroughly enjoy every episode.
Recently the Sci Fi channel has been promoting their new up and coming lineup (I specifically have eagerly been waiting for the Dresden Files, I am a big fan of the book series). Anyway during one of the promo spots for DF, they mentioned plans for “Flash Gordon”.
I have not been able to find out any information about either a new Flash Gordon movie or mini-series. (Last I heard anything new about Flash Gordon was a book written by Matthew Stover that never got published (http://mattstover.blogspot.com/))
Have you heard anything about Flash Gordon on the SCI FI channel?
Let’s ask our man with his finger on the pulse of the news.
Sam? Any idea?
Marc (& Mike)
Here is all we know at this point. A new “Flash Gordon” big screen was rumored in the making over a year ago with writer-director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) slated to helm the project. At that time the actor of choice was Ashton Kutcher at the top of the A-List to take on the iconic character. Some may remember that at that time Kutcher was the flavor-of-the-month because of his relationship with movie diva Demi Moore. Well, what a difference a year and a baby can make.
The big screen film is still in the “under consideration” stages at this time with Sommers still set to direct, and is still set for a tentative release date of 2008. However, unless they begin very soon with some real steps toward pre-production, that 2008 date remains pure speculation.
Of course the rumors are still flying high with everyone from Jason Lee to Let Li up for the role of Ming and Ashton Kutcher to Matthew McConaughey for the dashing Flash…but don’t buy into any of it yet, these are all pure rumor at this point in the game.
As far as a Flash Gordon on the SCI FI Channel..once again..only rumors and speculation. Two years ago it was put out by an unnamed source that writer Ronald Shusett (Total Recall) had been hired to do a new script for the long-in-development small or big-screen return of Flash Gordon. However, that rumor was quickly shot down by SCI FI when they countered that neither they are Leisure Time Entertainment (the production company involved with the rumor) were actively developing any script for the return of Flash Gordon any time in the near future for either sized screen.
If and when any real news about Flash Gordon does happen, be sure to check out Slice of SciFi for the latest on it. Also check out my recent posts in the Comments Section to this mailbag report.