§ Alex Raymond’s space adventurer Flash Gordon returns in a new TV show on the SciFi channel, starring Eric Johnson:
The 22-hour series is set to debut in August with Gordon, backed by his classic cohorts Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov, trying to safeguard Earth against attack by the cruel intergalactic predator, Ming.
Casting is under way for the other roles.
Johnson, a native of Edmonton, Canada, played Whitney Fordman on CW’s Superman saga, “Smallville.” His character joined the Marines and was killed in the line of duty.
“Flash Gordon” is being produced by Reunion Pictures under an agreement with King Features Syndicate, which owns the comic-book franchise. The Gordon character, originally drawn in 1934 by Alex Raymond, has been featured in radio serials, serial films, feature films, TV films and TV shows.
My, they are making space adventurers younger and younger nowadays!
Is it real? The answer is “YES”, it’s a real project. It’s just in the early stages of development, but amongst the tidal wave of super-hero movies hitting the screen, this more classically post-modern take could be pretty damn fun.
The basic concept actually came about through Justin Marks, a terrific young writer my wife Jessika (a producer) had previously worked with. They thought the idea of a prison-break story set in a jail designed exclusively for super-villains was a cool one. And I heartily agreed. After some discussion, we decided it would be fun to frame a super-hero and toss him into the meta-human mix.
From that point, it seemed like the next logical step was to set the film in either the Marvel or DC Universe. That way, we could populate the movie with all sorts of cool B and C-character Easter Eggs. We eventually landed at DC. Green Arrow, given his hard-hitting, moralistic tendencies, seemed like the most interesting hero to put through the institutional wringer.
We have to admit, we like the innovation of this idea — instead of risking audience alienation with yet another superhero origin story, you plunge the character right into one of the 36 plots, so presumably you get both superhero fans and prison-movie fans. It’s a sound idea.
Daily strips already done by Hart will run through April 28, and Sundays through May 20.
In tribute to Hart, his family will select six weeks of their favorite “B.C.” strips to run daily between April 30 and June 9, and Sunday between May 27 and July 1.
After that, “B.C.” will resume its regular schedule. As previously reported, Hart’s children and grandchildren will continue the comic.
§ Speaking of Hart, the born-again Christian is also being remembered on religious sites:
There is no question that Hart was a controversial figure and it is easy to find fierce and often valid debate about some of his statements, debate in which he stood his ground. Hart was also one of the most popular cartoonists alive, if one considers the number of newspapers that carried his work. His work pleased millions of people and it offended many, as well.
So be it. The obvious point is that free speech is free speech and Hart had as much right to defend traditional Christianity as other cartoonists have the right to attack it, something that happens rather frequently in modern media.
Variety reports that producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis have completed a rights deal that will allow them to reinvent Barbarella, and the producers have set Casino Royale screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to pen the script.
The original 1968 Roger Vadim-directed fantasy was produced by De Laurentiis, who wrote the check to secure Purvis and Wade.
§ We know you are sick of 300 news, but it just KEEPS being newsworthy. Now it’s setting box office records in the United Arab Emirates:
Despite the controversy ‘300’, staring Gerard Butler, is expected to continue to top film screens in the Emirates this week and the movie has been largely praised in the Gulf State of the UAE.
Iranian-American Onome Emami said: “Firstly, I thought it was a really good movie, I really liked the fighting scenes.
“I didn’t really like how they portrayed the Persians but I don’t think it’s such a big deal for them to make such a controversy on TV. It was a good watch.”