A year ago came word that 20th Century Fox had picked up the screen rights to pulp comic-strip “Flash Gordon” and was developing a cinematic reboot of the property with former “Star Trek 3” scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay attached as writers from a story treatment by George Nolfi (“The Bourne Ultimatum”).
“Flash Gordon” dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after the character appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges.
In a new interview with the actor who played the character in said 1980 feature, Sam J. Jones, Den of Geek scored a surprising reveal. Turns out this may not be a reboot so much as a sequel to that ultra camp classic.
Asked if there were originally plans for a sequel to the 1980 film back when it was made, Jones says:
“That was then, but up to date now Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to Flash Gordon last year, and he hired [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.”
Asked if he would want to play an older Flash, or a mentor to younger star, Jones replied:
“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.”
Jones last played the character in comedic scenes as part of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted” in 2012.