Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the film rights to a Flash Gordon project written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the screenwriting duo that has been working on the Star Trek 3 script for J.J. Abrams, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comic strip character was created in 1934 by the legendary Alex Raymond, and proved so popular that Buster Crabbe appeared in three movie serials based on the hero. In 1980, Dino DeLaurentiis produced an overstuffed big-screen version starring Sam J. Jones (and featuring Timothy Dalton and Max von Sydow) that has become a camp classic.
As far as I’m concerned, this new project doesn’t stand a chance unless it imports the soundtrack Queen wrote for the 1980 Flash Gordon. Check out the theme song in this video compilation and try to tell me someone could do better.