Flash Gordon comes to Sci Fi


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Flash Gordon has been around for over 70 years and it appears as if he might be back on the boob tube if the Sci-Fi Channel can get all their ray guns in a row.

ImageFlash was created back in 1935 to compete with Buck Rogers which first appeared in print seven years earlier in 1928. Word on the street is that Sci-Fi channel had both of these properties in mind as a potential new series but Flash is the one that the network has decided to move forward with.

The belief is that Sci-Fi will greenlight a 3 to 4 episode mini-series event that will serve as a back door pilot for the potential new series. So while no show runner has been brought aboard, negotiations are currently taking place with names such as TV vet David Livingston from Star Trek fame being mentioned in inner circles and with David Nutter as the potential director for the pilot mini series.

The cable network has been struggling with the fact that Battlestar Galactica has not been able to maintain high ratings regardless how well it has been critically received. The hope is that a Flash Gordon series will be able to attract Stargate fans considering that new series will most likely have a very similar style of writing with the light comedy aspects.

http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_conte...=1520&Itemid=99

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Here is the announcement from Scifi.com

Flash Blasts Off Again

SCI FI Channel has green-lighted production on Flash Gordon, a series based on the popular comic-strip franchise, the channel announced Jan. 12 at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada early this year. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCI FI in July, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.

The series will be produced under an agreement between King Features Syndicate, which owns the rights to Flash Gordon, and Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. (The Legend of Earthsea).

The characters of Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be brought back for a contemporary retelling of the comic-strip story created in 1934 by Alex Raymond. The strip is still distributed internationally by King Features Syndicate.

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Flash Blasts Off Again

SCI FI Channel has green-lighted production on Flash Gordon, a series based on the popular comic-strip franchise, the channel announced Jan. 12 at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada early this year. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCI FI in July, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.

The series will be produced under an agreement between King Features Syndicate, which owns the rights to Flash Gordon, and Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. (The Legend of Earthsea).

The characters of Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be brought back for a contemporary retelling of the comic-strip story created in 1934 by Alex Raymond. The strip is still distributed internationally by King Features Syndicate.

That might be cool. I'd really like to see them take a character and throw them into the future. No more present day comic book programming. Kinda like Batman year 100. A series that lets our imagination work a little.

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Smallville’s Eric Johnson cast as Flash Gordon

Wednesday April 11, 2007, 8:14 am

Eric Johnson

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eric Johnson — Smallville’s Whitney Fordman — has been cast in the title role in Sci Fi’s Flash Gordon series.

The 22-hour series, which puts a contemporary spin on the legendary comic-strip space opera, is set to premiere in August.

Production is scheduled to begin May 1 in Vancouver. However, casting continues for the parts of Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov.

The first two episodes of Flash Gordon were written by executive producer Peter Hume (Charmed), and will be directed by Rick Rosenthal (Smallville, The Dresden Files).

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Flash Gets Its Dale Arden

Gina Holden (Fantastic Four) has been cast as Dale Arden, the female lead in SCI FI Channel's upcoming original series Flash Gordon. She will co-star opposite Eric Johnson (Smallville), who plays the title character.

In other casting, Jody Racicot (Night at the Museum) will play Dr. Hans Zarkov, and John Ralston (Earthstorm) will play the villainous Ming.

Holden, who also appeared in The Butterfly Effect 2 as well as the upcoming Alien vs. Predator 2, will play Flash Gordon's love interest in the show, which is based on the classic SF comic-strip franchise.

"During auditions and rehearsals, we could tell this one was the right Dale, because [Johnson] had such good chemistry with her," said Mark Stern, SCI FI's executive vice president of original programming. "We had to find the right actress to work with him, because there's jealousy and a love triangle and friendship involved, and we did not want to stick him with an actress he couldn't stand."

Others in the cast include Karen Cliché (Baylin), Giles Panton (Joe), Panou (Nick), Jonathan Walker (Rankol), Jill Teed (Norah), Carmen Moore (Jolie) and Anna van Hoft (Aura).

SCI FI has ordered 22 episodes of Flash Gordon, which began shooting this week in Vancouver, Canada, and will debut in August.

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?c...=0&id=41472

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