Star Trek 3 scribes to write Flash Gordon reboot

JD Payne and Patrick McKay will work with Fox to repackage the pulp comic-strip hero for a new movie

There have been numerous attempts over the years to reboot Flash Gordon, but it looks like the latest may just go the distance.


Up-and-coming scribes of Star Trek 3, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, have been hired to create a script from a treatment by Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi as the new project inspired by the 1930s comic book strip continues to pick up momentum. 

The latest developments are all down to veteran producer John Davis, the man responsible for Chronicle and the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E., who has spent over a year working to bring the rights to Twentieth Century Fox.

The newest big screen treatment comes over thirty years after the iconically camp 1980 Flash Gordon movie which boasted a soundtrack by Queen and a cast that included Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed and Max von Sydow, with Sam J Jones playing the American football player transported from Earth to an alien world to battle the forces of Ming the Merciless.

The film followed three Buster Crabbe serials released in the 1930s and 40s and spawned by Alex Raymond’s original comic strip. 

Before Payne and McKay took over Star Trek writing duties from Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, they adapted graphic novel Boilerplate and wrote 1970s toy line feature Micronauts, both for JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot.

While you await the outcome of the latest venture, get yourself in the spirit with the 1980 trailer…