SAM WORTHINGTON FLASH GORDON QUESTION MARK??

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12.29.09 26 Comments

Be warned, as the rumor I’m about to share is about as reliable as putting the names of 100 actors on a giant bingo card and waiting to see which one your cat takes a dump on, but Hollyscoop “hears buzz” that Sam Worthington “may” be starring in Flash Gordon.

The role calls for Flash as a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, who travels to the planet Mongo, where it’s discovered that the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.

If true (note: it’s not true), this is all part of Hollywood’s plan for Sam Worthington to become to action movies what Taco Bell was to restaurants in Demolition Man.  (If you enjoyed that, please buy my book, SAT Analogies for Huge Nerds).  Cinematical says:

Breck Eisner [son of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner], who’s finishing up The Crazies as we speak, is still in line to helm Flash Gordon off a script from Mike Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Speaking about the project earlier this year, Eisner said, “The thing about ‘Flash’ is, you’ve got to throw away the 80s version of it …”
… “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.”

Remember what I said a couple posts ago about studios using mediocre directors for their superhero projects now?  Well Breck Eisner directed Sahara and a remake of The Crazies, so I hardly see how that’s relevant here.

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