I Am Legend screenwriter to pen Flash Gordon reboot

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Jan 17, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

First it landed a name-brand director, and now that Flash Gordon reboot you forgot was happening has signed up a new screenwriter as well.

Little has been heard about the plan to bring Flash back to the screen ever since Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) jumped on board to direct. But Hitfix (via Slashfilm) reports that screenwriter Mark Protosevich has joined the project as well.

Protosevich is one of those writers who gets a lot of assignments but sees his scripts get produced only sporadically. His scripts that got to the screen include The Cell (2000), Poseidon (2006) and most famously, I Am Legend (2007). He also wrote the original screenplay for Thor (2011) -- which was later rewritten -- penned an early draft of John Carter, and completed a script for the never-produced fifth Batman film of the Burton/Schumacher era (which was to feature the Scarecrow and possibly the return of Jack Nicholson's Joker) that is something of a Holy Grail for collectors of unproduced screenplays.

Here's what he had to say about Flash Gordon on Facebook:

"I can’t wait to get started and if you’re curious about the take? I’m not saying a word...All I’ll say is this — it will be nothing like any version of Flash Gordon you’ve seen."

Flash was last seen on the big screen in the woeful (You mean wonderful, right?  HOW DARE YOU? - Ed.) 1980 movie starring Sam Jones (the one with the great soundtrack from Queen), and while there have been attempts to bring him back before, it kind of makes sense that this project might ramp up more quickly now. With the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the return of Star Wars -- which owes a tremendous creative debt to the original Flash comics and serials from the 1930s -- it seems that space opera is in vogue again in Hollywood.

As for Protosevich's enigmatic remarks about the project, I'll be quite happy if the new Flash Gordon is "nothing like" the last movie version (You're dead to me - Ed.). The question is, will audiences that rejected other properties from that era, like the disastrous Lone Ranger and John Carter, be more willing to take a ride to the planet Mongo with Flash?

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