A new big screen adaptation of Flash Gordon has been in and out of development for years. Back in 2008 Sony Pictures was moving forward with the project and even had Breck Eisner attached to direct it. For one reason or another the project fell apart and never happened. It seems like there's been no movement since.
Now Film Divider is reporting that there's a fresh attempt to bring Flash Gordon to the big screen, and that Star Trek 3 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to pen the script. Nothing these two guys have written has made it to the big screen yet, but they did write a script for Bad Robot called Boilerplate, which hasn't been produced yet. Apparently these guys are supposed to be a couple of hot up-and-coming writers.
They’ve apparently developed a new take on Flash with producer Jon Davis and are currently in the process of shopping it around to studios. According to the report, the "pitch goes right back to the original Raymond comic strips and sidesteps any association with the movie, and even the serials." The idea, "is to reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman."
The last time we saw Flash Gordon was in Seth MacFarlane's comedy Ted. The way they implemented the character into the movie, including the cameo from Flash’s alter-ego Sam J. Jones, were some of my favorite parts of the movie. I loved the original film, and all the crazy cheesiness that came along with it.
I think it would be really fun to see an updated version of Flash, so I hope this team of people developing the project can make it happen.