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Flash Gordon remake gets real aggressive

FlashGordon.jpgAccording to the director of the Flash Gordon remake, this Flash Gordon is going to be “intense, gritty and real”, and a complete reinvention of the original idea, steering very clear of the camp eighties version of the film, and that's a good thing.

Firstly you can't expect to remake that eighties version as it really is a moment in time, but the original stories brought to the modern day, now there's an opportunity. Perhaps this is one of those remakes you really could get behind?

While Breck Eisner is busy remaking The Crazies he had time to talk about what was in store for Flash Gordon, and while he gave little away to AITH, he did reveal some interesting titbits about the overall plans.

“The thing about FLASH is, you've got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, agressive, gritty and real. For me it's about reinventing FLASH - we're still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It's this man brought to another planet and uniting the disperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It's not camp.”

You know he's mastered the art of saying nothing with many words there, he'd be great in marketing, oh, in a way he already is! Joking aside though we are getting a few things there about the intended remake and what the plans are, mainly that it's going to be a lot more serious and it's going right back to the roots, to the source material.

Now most times I hear things like that I groan and think of another Hollywood remake, but you know this one could be good, after all the source is rather different from the film that we saw in the eighties, and there's the chance that this could genuinely be very different.

Of course this is coming from the man who is directing the remake of The Crazies and Creature From the Black Lagoon, so his remakes are going to get marketed well.

Is there room in your heart for another version of Flash Gordon? Even if it is PG-13, aggressive, real and gritty?



We know Lucas did both his Palpatine & Darth Vader based upon Ming, the skycity and underwater city plus weapons with beams of light, the introduction with words going towards the infinite space and even Death Beam star all based upon Flash. Please, DON'T FORGET there's no Flash Gordon without Ming like there's no Batman without a Joker. Ming sounds like Ming dynasty and Mongo sounds like Mongolian people, hence there's good reason to depict him like a Fumanchu with long nails and goatee. I hope he wears purple and SEVERAL a la Chinese robes and perhaps "Aelita" inspired look combo with old serials. I hope they hire an ASIAN actor (Chow Yun Fat, Ken Watanabe or James Hong/Lo-Pan) with contact alien lens wearing a dark yellow face that blushes GREEN, after all he's an ET with a Chinese look.


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