Having had "Sahara" helmer Breck Eisner attached, "Flash Gordon" is moving ahead with Alex Raymond's comic strip adaptation. In the latest report concerning the action adventure film, it is revealed that Sony Pictures have picked up screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the script.
The pair of scribblers, who have worked together in writing Universal's "Dracula Year Zero" and Zack Snyder's "Cobalt 60", have been signed in a few months after Sony won the screening rights from Hearst Entertainment. They are expected to bring a new take to the outer space tale that has once been brought to the big screen in 1980 by Mike Hodges.
Centering its story on a young polo player who has been kidnapped and taken to planet Mongo, "Flash Gordon" follows the titular character and his friends, Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov, as they fall into an adventure to battle an evil ruler called Ming the Merciless and bring solace to the planet. To be produced by Neal Moritz, it is eyeing 2010 release.