11/01/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The US SCIFI Channel has greenlit production on a new tv series of Flash Gordon, based on the 1930s comic strip franchise, it was announced at the Television Critic's Association tour.
Production on the twenty two 1-hour episodes are to begin in Canada in early 2007. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCIFI in July of '07, with a broadcast syndication window to follow. Seems rather quick to us.
Under an agreement with property owner King Features Syndicate, the new series is being produced by RHI's Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. (Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Ten Commandments), who previously produced SCI-FI's miniseries Legend of Earthsea. Well, the tv version of Earthsea sunk like a balloon with the fans.
Ming, Dale Arden, and Dr. Hans Zarkov are among the characters returning to television in this contemporary retelling of the intergalactic exploits of FLASH GORDON. Stellar adventures and heroic battles mark this new take on the science fiction classic.
The FLASH GORDON comic strip was created in 1934 by comic-strip artist Alex Raymond and is still distributed internationally today by King Features Syndicate.
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