Sunday, August 10, 2008

Flash Forward

The new Flash Gordon movie seems to be moving along nicely; screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have been brought onboard to do the script. The duo are also working on another classic character reboot, Dracula Year Zero, as is director Breck Eisner; he is remaking The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Meanwhile, back on Mongo: it's time to do a little Armchair Casting. There are plenty of strapping hunks out there for the title character, from Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum to Paul Walker and (my personal choice) Chris Evans. Maggie Gyllenhaal could be a smart and sassy Dale Evans, with Ben Kingsley along as Dr. Zarkov. As for Ming the Merciless, it will be hard to beat Max Von Sydow's over-the-top performance in the 1980 camp classic version; maybe Terrence Stamp, Frank Langella, or how about Christopher Lee? And another Lord of the Rings alum, John Rhys-Davies, would be a hoot as the high flying Vultan.

Sound off with your choices in the comments section below.

Sam J. Jones as Flash Gordon (White T-Shirt) Alex Ross 7-Inch Action Figure, complete with Mongo-lian football, available from


  1. The Sony producers of "Flash Gordon" should be signing up Rayn Kwanten of "True Blood" as the new Flash Gordon.

  2. I haven't seen that show, but I just Googled him and yes, he sure looks the part! Very hunky.

    - kch


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