It’s been 35 years and thousands, if not millions, of Saturday afternoon reruns of 1980’s Flash Gordon movie…(FLASH! AHHHHHHH!) *Sorry, I have to say that every time I say, or write that title. It’s a nerd thing, I’m sure you understand. The Queen soundtrack is incredible and instantly recognizable. Word around the Internet is that there is some movement on a new Flash Gordon production. Better still, Flash himself, Sam Jones has some interesting news that hints the movie won’t be a reboot, but a sequel!
It’s certainly a movie classic now and some of the renewed interest can be traced back to Sam Jones’ appearance in Ted back in 2012.
Jones, while recently talking with Den of Geek said:
Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to Flash Gordon last year, and he hired [Predator/ Chronicle/ Man From U.N.C.L.E. producer] John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel actually. I met with Matt, we’re in talks about that. I’m very excited. A lot of people over the years, including Stephen Sommers and Neil H Moritz, have acquired the screenplay rights, but for whatever reason they did not do a follow up on the option. So I’m very excited about it.
There’s the word we all wanted to see: Sequel! Does Jones think they may tag him to reprise his role as Flash?
However they want to use me, I’m very excited. I told Matt, however he wants to use me, keep one thing in mind: whatever a younger, leading man can do, I cannot only match him, I can do more! If he does 20 pull-ups, I can do 30 pull-ups. If he can do 100 push-ups, I can do 150 push-ups. Just keep that in mind!
There are a ton of ideas that could be used to re-energize the franchise that never was. I’d be happy with an older Flash, now married, with grown kids finding their place in the world of Mongo. There’s only one thing, besides Sam Jones that must be in this movie, and that’s this guy:
Brian Blessed was incredible in the role of Prince Vultan and would be a happy sight in any reboot or sequel for Flash Gordon fans. The only other question I have is who would, and should, do the soundtrack?
What would you like to see in a sequel?