Eisner talks Flash Gordon
Breck Eisner directed Sahara, a fun romp but not a great film, and so I wasn't enamoured when I heard he was helming Flash Gordon, even if it was one that went back to the original Gordon and ignored the camp film version. Now I've seen The Crazies (Filmstalker review) though, I'm thinking very differently, and I'm wondering if he really can pull it off.
He's been talking about the film and his plans for it. Revealing that the script is in its second draft and that this isn't the Flash Gordon we've seen before. Hopefully neither is it a story of ships in the desert or chemical and solar panel plants.
Talking about Flash Gordon while promoting The Crazies Breck Eisner revealed that the script will soon be ready to submit to Sony, and if the writers have everything in there that they've been talking about, it'll be a great film - that's what he says anyway.
"It's not a remake of any movie that's been done before. Nothing to do with the camp of the '80s, nothing to do with the serials of the '50s. It's definitely based on the Alex Raymond strips from the '30s and '40s, told from the point of view as if he was redoing the strips today. The audience that was reading the strips back then was a very different audience that today's audience. It's an action-adventure, very dynamic, aggressive, with a really strong central character."
He also reveals that, apart from the going back to the source material and bringing it to life for a whole new generation, the film is big and that it is going to be a tough film to get made.
"Sony's got to commit big money to it and love it, and there's going to be years of prep. It's a lot of work! But if we can pull it off, I think it would be quite fantastic."
So a big budget, serious, high action and adventure Flash Gordon? It could really, really work, and after seeing The Crazies (Filmstalker review), I believe he could do it. What I also think is that, dependent on takings at the box office, the studio will believe he could too, The Crazies is a good film and I think he could pull it off.
One thing though, don't make it in 3D, please.