Do you remember Flash Gordon? The campy 80′s action flick about a football player turned intergalactic superhero? I wasn’t a fan, but the film developed a cult following for years to come. In true Hollywood fashion that film has been tapped to be remade for the 21st century with director Breck Eisner behind the camera. Eisner recently opened up about his vision for the space classic, and it doesn’t sound like it will be as fantastical as he original.
Here’s a snippet from Eisner’s interview via ArrowintheHead.
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. 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 desperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It’s not camp
The director also spoke about his remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon. The horror classic will be his third remake in a row behind The Crazies and Gordon. He wants to make the film dark, but not an over the top gore fest.
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.
I believe you can make a horror film terrifying without making it rated R. If you play with suspense, and allude to the unknown that can scare an audience just as much as seeing a brutal killing. As for Flash Gordon, I don’t know where I stand. As I said before I didn’t like the original so I can’t exactly look at this remake objectively.
Are there any Flash Gordon fans who want to see the film remade? Do you think The Creature From the Black Lagoon should have rated R content?