Even as he unspools film remaking George Romero’s The Crazies, Breck Eisner is also developing two other big remakes – Flash Gordon and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Talking with horror writer Arrow In The Head, Eisner- whose sole previous credit is Sahara – admits that they won’t be arriving in cinemas immediately, though Flash seems to be further along the path to the screen.
But he has definite ideas on where he wants to with both of them, and if you’re a fan of the ‘80s cheese fest, you might be disappointed. "The thing about Flash is, you've got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real,” he says.
“For me it's about reinventing Flash - we're still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It's this man brought to another planet and uniting the disparate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It's not camp."
Oh, great… a gritty Flash. Well, it worked for Battlestar Galactica, but Flash Gordon? The Sci-Fi (sorry, SyFy) tried updating Gordon and the result was about as enjoyable as a mushy pea catheter.
And it looks like he wants to go a similar way with the creature. "I want it to be scary. It's a bigger movie, so it's not an R rated scary, it's gonna be a PG-13 scary. Creature takes you to a place you've never been before, it's one of the last untamed places on the edge of the Earth where you find this creature that has been living and hiding there forever, basically. It's definitely going for a dark adventure tone, but I want it to be scary."
So, scary, then?
Flash Gordon without camp? Ace or awful? Sorted or sacrilege? Speak!
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