New Flash Gordon feature for Universal
August 3th 2004 -
Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers will write and direct a new Flash
Gordon feature for Universal.
By Lisa Johnson
Get ready for the next comic book icon pic to zoom into theaters. Van
Helsing writer-director Stephen Sommers and his producing partner Bob
Ducsay have just acquired the rights to Flash Gordon and are about to
feature him in a film for Universal.
While Van Helsing proved to be a box office disappointment, Sommers' other
creations, such as The Mummy franchise, gave him the juice to deal with
the well-known superhero. Sommers plans to both write and direct.
Not a Marvel superhero, Flash Gordon is controlled by the Hearst Corp.'s
King Features Syndicate and its liaison to Hollywood, Rick Karo, will
produce along with Sommers and Ducsay. Flash Gordon made his debut in
1934, when he was created by comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and over the
years has appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a 1980
Flash, his female companion Dale Arden and scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov will
also be featured again comic books, which will be distributed by the
nation's third largest comic book company - Top Cow. Top Cow film head
Spike Seldin will executive produce the film with Adam Coplan. Sommers is
expected to consult on the comic book creative.
Sommers gets his dream project, Flash
August 5th 2004 -
Stephen Sommers will now be adapting the film that he really wanted, Flash
Gordon. Sommers will be producing and he may write the script. He has
never produced a film and not written the script as well.
Flash Gordon dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip
artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after appeared in movie serials,
animated fare, TV shows and a 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges
Variety also adds that Top Cow will also publish a new comic book seires
which Sommers will serve as creative consultant. Well its good to hear
that at least they are going to market the film well. You can't bring back
Flash Gordon without reviving the comic book.
Kutcher To Flash
August 5th 2004 -
Hollywood hunk Ashton Kutcher is set to don a lycra suit to play Flash
Gordon in a new remake of the 1936 action film.
The Punk'd host, who is reportedly set to wed his older lover Demi Moore
this year, is in talks with Van Helsing movie-maker Stephen Sommers to
play the superhero.
A film industry source says, "Stephen sees Ashton as the perfect
"He has the right look, the right build and he isn't known for any
one film role so he would be an empty canvas for Stephen to work
A friend of Kutcher enthuses, "He'd love to play a comic-book hero
like Flash. Just as long as he doesn't have to wear tights."
Flash, Where's My Car?
Flash Gordon casting buzz.
August 11, 2004 - According to The World Entertainment News Network, Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect) is filmmaker Stephen Sommers' top choice to play the title role in his new Flash Gordon movie.
"Stephen sees Ashton as the perfect Flash Gordon," claims WENN's alleged industry source. "He has the right look, the right build and he isn't known for any one film role so he would be an empty canvas for Stephen to work with."
WENN goes on to quote a "friend" of Kutcher's as saying that the 26 year-old Dude, Where's My Car? thespian would "love to play a comic-book hero like Flash. Just as long as he doesn't have to wear tights."
Kutcher's credits include Just Married, Cheaper By the Dozen, My Boss's Daughter, and TV's That '70s Show.
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