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Gorden Flashes Ahead With Writers In Tow

Sony has hired writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to write the screenplay for FLASH GORDON, just months after winning the rights to the title, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The outer space tale follows Flash Gordon, a young polo player who is kidnapped and taken to the distant planet of Mongo, where he and companions Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov get into adventures while fighting ruler Ming the Merciless.

Sony's live-action take on the character is only after he's been around for 75 years, starting with Alex Raymond's comic strip, then a movie serial in the 1930s, a Sam Jones feature in 1980 and a recent Sci Fi channel series.

Sazama and Sharpless are writing DRACULA YEAR ZERO for Universal and Zack Snyder's COBALT 60.

FLASH was originally set up at Universal, but rights were reverted back to Hearst's King Features Syndicate after the project languished in development for a few years. Breck Eisner will direct and Neal Moritz will produce, same as the setup at Universal.