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Flash! Ahahhhhh!The Crazies director Breck Eisner speaks on his new project

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Over at Airlock Alpha, there’s a great interview with director Breck Eisner who, flush off the success of The Crazies, is about to tackle the true classic of American sci-fi cheesedom: Flash Gordon.

With the goal of making it intelligent, edgy and immensely loyal to the original canon, Eisner has no intention of retreading the same ground as those before him. Instead, he will bring the comics to life with the latest technology at his disposal.

“The comic from 1930s was made into serials in the ’50s and ’70s, then the director’s version in the ’80s,” Eisner told Airlock Alpha. “It was campy and the effects were not so good – this version is in no way a remake. Our version goes back to strips from ’30s and we will update those and shoot the movie as if the strips were drawn today. It will be an action and adventure sci-fi.”

That’s great and all, but lets hope Eisner avoids the well-publicized anti-asian racism of the original Flash (and that crappy M. Night Shyamalan movie).

Flash Gordon is only offensive if you find simplistic yellow-fever asian caricatures to be offensive.

Although Eisner touches briefly on the earlier film adaptation of Flash Gordon, he doesn’t even come close to tackling the 800lb gorilla in the room. If the new version isn’t going to be campy, how it can it compete with the old one? Because the 80s Flash Gordon was awful it may just be beautiful.

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