Eisner plans a new Flash Gordon FRANCHISE, not just a movie

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Director Breck Eisner is continuing work on a new Flash Gordon movie for 2012, but his plans don't end there by any means. He said he's writing the film as an origin story that will be the start of a new Flash franchise.

"It'll be a franchise for sure," he told Airlock Alpha. "It will be a stand-alone story. It definitely won't be left open for more, but the ultimate goal is to turn it into a franchise. It will be an origins story for Flash. He's going to Mongo, he's gonna save the planet, and it will have a superhero buy-in and will be unique. It is very much a superhero origins story."

He also said that his version will be based on the original comic strips from the 1930s but that he'll "update those and shoot the movie as if the strips were drawn today. It will be an action and adventure sci-fi." Unfortunately he can't use any material that was unique to the 1980 Flash Gordon film, which means no Queen song.

Although he wants the show to be edgy like Syfy's remake of Battlestar Galactica, he wants to stay away from the recent short-lived Syfy Flash TV series, which he called "total crap."