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Guardians and the Galaxy & Star Wars Put A Stop To Matthew Vaughn’s Flash Gordon Reboot

Back in 2015 saw Matthew Vaughn sign on for a new Flash Gordon movie; however, nothing has been heard of the movie since. Now while promoting Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn is asked about Flash Gordon by Collider, in which Vaughn blames both Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars for his Flash Gordon not happening. …

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William Shatner & Sam Jones Coming To Nickel City Con 2017

Following Dave & Adam’s first successful Buffalo Nickel City Con, they are quickly following up with a second convention next May.

Nickel City Con has announced William Shatner and Sam Jones will headline the three day expanded convention which takes place May 19-21 at the Buffalo Convention Center.

William Shatner is of course known for playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and movies. 

Sam Jones is known for Flash Gordon and also appearing in the Ted comedy.

Nickel City Con is Buffalo, NY’s largest comic convention featuring celebrity guests, autographs, photo-ops and panels; a large gaming room; cosplay contests; vendor floor and more. Previous guests include the cast of Comic Book Men, Ric Flair, Brett Dalton, Sean Astin, Ray Park and Christopher McDonald.

For more information, visit the official Nickel City Con website at www.nickelcitycon.com, “like” the show’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nickelcitycon, and follow Nickel City Con on Twitter and Instagram.

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Upcoming Funko Pops: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Green Arrow, Falcon, Cyborg & Lots More

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Images have hit the net from a Funko catalog revealing Pop! Vinyl figures are in the works for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; DC’s Cyborg, Power Girl, Firestorm; A-Team; Golden Girls, Space Ghost; Falcon; Dock Ock; She-Hulk; Flash Gordon; Speedy and Green Arrow; Dark Cyrstal, and the 1950 Batman and Batmobile.

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Sam Jones Flash Gordon Documentary Announced

Sam Jones Flash Gordon Documentary Announced

Check out the video above announcing the Life After Flash documentary featuring Sam J. Jones which follows the film’s impact on pop culture and more.

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As the humbly heroic savior of the universe, actor Sam J. Jones rose to fame with his role as Flash Gordon in the 1980 feature film directed by Mike Hodges.  With a memorable soundtrack from the rock group Queen and a memorable cast which included Academy Award nominated actors Max Von Sydow and Topol, as well as Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Brian Blessed, Richard O’Brien, Peter Wyngarde and Robbie Coltrane.

Flash Gordon made Sam J. Jones a star and in the years since, the film has continued to find fans who discover and fall in love with the exciting, colorful and campy adventure.

Life After Flash will tell the story of what happened to Sam J. Jones after the film’s release, and examine the influence that the film had (and continues to have) in pop culture.  Through fascinating interviews with key cast and crew, as well as famous fans, Life After Flash will celebrate one man’s true cult status as well as share stories about the making of the film.

The Indiegogo Campaign is now live at www.indiegogo.com/projects/life-after-flash.

Our award winning crew will follow Sam J. Jones to see how his life has changed in the thirty five years since the film’s release and how the film both influenced and inspired him.  We will look at the successes, the loves, the struggles and the regrets in this heart warming, revealing documentary, as we follow Sam today through his home life in San Diego to his second career in Mexico running security operations in high-risk environments, as well as work events and appearances.

We’ve already interviewed co-stars Melody Anderson (Dale Arden), Richard O’ Brien (Fico), Oscar-winning special effects supervisor George Gibbs, and actor and SFX artist Trevor Butterfield.  We’ve also reached out to Ornella Muti (Princess Aura) and hope to interview Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan), Timothy Dalton (Prince Barin), Seth MacFarlane (writer/director of TED), Edgar Wright (writer/director, SHAUN OF THE DEAD), Roger Taylor and Brian May (Queen), and famous cast members Robbie Coltrane and Kenny Baker.

With rewards that include signed posters, selfies, SteelBooks, and personal training with the man himself, we hope that the fans of the film will fly blind on a rocket cycle and support this exciting journey.

For more details visit LifeAfterFlash.com.

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Flash Gordon Reboot May Be A Sequel Starring Sam Jones

Flash Gordon Reboot May Be A Sequel Starring Sam Jones

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About a year ago saw Fox acquire the rights to Flash Gordon with it said a new movie was being written by Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Now it’s learned the new Flash Gordon may actually be a sequel to the 1980 cult favorite and not a reboot.

Sam Jones, who played the titular character in the original film, recently spoke with Den Of Geek and stated he is in talks for a role.

Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to Flash Gordon last year, and he hired John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel actually. I met with Matt, we’re in talks about that. I’m very excited. A lot of people over the years, including Stephen Sommers and Neil H Moritz, have acquired the screenplay rights, but for whatever reason they did not do a follow up on the option. So I’m very excited about it.

Whether they will go with a brand new Flash or pass-the-torch is unknown, but regardless, Jones says he’s up for anything.

However they want to use me, I’m very excited. I told Matt, however he wants to use me, keep one thing in mind: whatever a younger, leading man can do, I cannot only match him, I can do more! If he does 20 pull-ups, I can do 30 pull-ups. If he can do 100 push-ups, I can do 150 push-ups. Just keep that in mind!

Sam Jones recently did a cameo as Flash Gordon in Ted.

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Flash Gordon Reboot In Development From Star Trek 3 Writers

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This year marks the 80th anniversary of Flash Gordon; so it should be no surprise that a new movie is in development.

Fox Studios has closed a deal to acquire the movie rights to Flash Gordon, according to THR.

John Davis is producing along with George Nolfi, who also wrote a treatment; Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are writing the script for the new Flash Gordon as well.

Flash Gordon appeared on the big screen in 1980 starring Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti and Brian Blessed with a popular soundtrack by Queen..

The character was created in 1934 by Alex Raymond.

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Review: Flash Gordon #1

Writer Jeff Parker is at it again. Dragging readers into a book I really did not think I would like (how old a property is Flash Gordon?) and almost immediately I am adding to my pull list.

Flash Gordon #1 is a fast, furious and fun romp through the future that has more than a little pulp feel to it, and that is most certainly a good thing. Free of the angst and anger of modern comics, we enjoy Flash and Dale Arden as they go wormholing it through the dimensions associated with the planet Mongo. And there is no secret agenda for Ming. He is refreshingly honest about his intent, and does not wait for the typical last page “big reveal.” There he is, big as you please, right on Page 11.

Also along the way, we get the low-down on Flash and his history with his dad (MORE daddy issues?), his relationship with Dale and also some Mongo background. Even blue aliens and some very UN-pulp actions by Dale!

Artist Evan Shaner does a wonderful job with the art. Clean lines, no murky shadows and vivid action and space scenes that make me hunger for such art in other titles. Jordie Bellaire adds much with a clean color palette, vivid colors matching the enthusiasm of the art.

I do not know what Parker has planned for the future of this title, but it looks like it is gonna be a fun ride. And cosmic!

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Brew’s Crew: Flash Gordon

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Star of comic strips, comic books, radio, film and television, space hero Flash Gordon has been one of the most publicized heroes this side of Tarzan. And yet, I am willing to bet over half the readers eyeing this column do not have any idea about his background.

Since Dynamite Entertainment will soon be celebrating Flash’s 80th anniversary with a new ongoing series, as told in CBN’s exclusive interview with writer Jeff Parker, let’s learn the cosmic crusader’s origins together!

Flash Gordon was the hero of a sci-fi adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond. First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers strip. Also inspired by these series were comics such as Dash Dixon (1935 to 1939) by H.T. Elmo and Larry Antoinette and Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire (1935 to 1941) by Carl Pfeufer and Bob Moore.

The Flash Gordon comic strip has been translated into a wide variety of media. A print comic book series by Brendan Deneen and Paul Green and published by Ardden Entertainment debuted in 2008, with the first arc entitled “The Mercy Wars.” These were followed by further storylines.

The comic strip follows the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale University graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, whose plane has crashed in the area, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.

For many years, the three companions have adventures on Mongo, traveling to the forest kingdom of Arboria, ruled by Prince Barin; the ice kingdom of Frigia, ruled by Queen Fria; the jungle kingdom of Tropica, ruled by Queen Desira; the undersea kingdom of the Shark Men, ruled by King Kala; and the flying city of the Hawkmen, ruled by Prince Vultan. They are joined in several early adventures by Prince Thun of the Lion Men.

Eventually, Ming is overthrown and Mongo is ruled by a council of leaders led by Barin. Flash and friends return to Earth and have some adventures before returning to Mongo and crashing in the kingdomof Tropica, before reuniting with Barin and others.

Flash and his friends would travel to other worlds and frequently return to Mongo, where Barin, married to Ming’s daughter Princess Aura, has established a peaceful rule (except for frequent revolts led by Ming or by one of his many descendants).

The long story of the Skorpii War takes Flash to other star systems, using starships that are faster than light.

Dynamite’s Flash Gordon #1 hits stores in April!

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Exclusive: Jeff Parker celebrates 80 years of Flash Gordon in new book

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On the advent of his 80th birthday, pulp science fiction hero Flash Gordon will be zooming from the pages of Kings Watch to his own ongoing comic.

To discover the details behind this move by comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively caught the first spaceship to Mongo to talk with the writer of the new book, coming in April, Jeff Parker.

Cosmic Book News: Jeff, how exciting does it feel to be putting out a book on sci-fi hero Flash Gordon on the advent of his 80th birthday — AND Dynamite’s 10th anniversary?

Jeff Parker: It’s pretty great, what a perfect confluence of landmarks. It’s all really coming together.

CBN: Jeff, as a writer, where do you begin to search for your inspiration for such a story as Flash Gordon #1? Old comics, the early movie serials, the lampoon movie or elsewhere?

Jeff Parker: I’m not even sure, I feel like I’m synthesizing all of it then picking my favorite bits and filling in with whatever my subconscious gives up. Except for the SyFy series, that didn’t look so good to me. 

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CBN: And Jeff Parker got attached to this august project in what way?

Jeff Parker: Nate Cosby asked me once he joined Dynamite, without knowing that I’ve had an idea for how to handle Flash lodged in the back of my head for years. 

CBN: What can you tell us about the awesome story that will return the Man from Earth to comics?

Jeff Parker: It picks up right out of Kings Watch, which will make sense at the end of KW #5. But if you begin only with Flash Gordon #1, you won’t be lost, his time on Mongo begins right then.

CBN: Who of Flash’s old cast will we see? Any new supporting characters or droids?

Jeff Parker: Well of course he pulled Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov along. At first we’re going to see Prince Barin, of Arboria. And a lion fellow.

CBN: I know it might seem incredible, but for those who are unfamiliar with this hero tell us a little bit about your interpretation of Flash Gordon. How is Jeff Parker’s Flash unique?

Jeff Parker: Going back to the idea lodged in my head — my take is essentially that Flash is a jack of all-trades rich boy adventurer who almost doesn’t fit in on Earth. He’s a champ at archaic sports like polo and fencing, and excels at mountain climbing, swimming …anything that you can’t make much of a career at, Flash is the master of. It drives his father nuts, because he wanted Flash to take over his role in Gordon Enterprises. 

But once Flash gets to Mongo, suddenly he is THE MAN. Every territory is made for him, riding monster steeds with an energy-charged sword, that is what he was born to do! And his reputation precedes him fast — and enrages Ming. 

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CBN: When readers get through with this first issue of Flash Gordon, they should feel … what? 

Jeff Parker: Tired and exhilarated. 

CBN: How long into the arc will it take for Ming to rear his ugly head?

Jeff Parker: About five pages!

CBN: What does artist Evan Shaner bring to the table?

Jeff Parker: EVERYTHING! Everything about Evan’s art and what he likes to draw fits and drives this story. It is going to be one of the purest embraces of the comics medium you’ll see this year. With Evan’s first sketch of Flash, he absolutely nailed him. You love the character immediately. His sense of design is perfect for it. 

Our Flash is a really positive guy, he loves these wild experiences. To show a character that way and be convincing is harder than it looks, and Evan does it very naturally. Typically the approach is to go darker and more serious when doing a new version, but I feel it’s done to death, and it doesn’t work for every book. The danger in this book is serious enough, and our hero stands out because of it. 

CBN: Jeff, any other projects present or future would you like to discuss?

Jeff Parker: Well, when you order this, you should probably also have it put in a file with Aquaman and Batman ’66, just saying.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Jeff Parker for answering our questions during his busy schedule. We would also like to thank Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci who helped make this interview possible.

“Flash Gordon” #1 hits stores in April!

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Exclusive: Parker, Laming bring Flash Gordon, Mandrake and the Phantom together for new adventure

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Three of the biggest names of the pulp comics world – Flash Gordon, the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician – return in September in a new series from Dynamite Entertainment called Kings Watch, by writer Jeff Parker and artist Marc Laming.

After making his way through the jungle, out of Earth orbit and into a mystic realm, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively pulled up a conjurer’s cone next to the scribe to ask about this strange team-up.

Cosmic Book News: So, Jeff, how did this gig come about? Was it something you initially pitched or a project you were approached about by Dynamite?

Jeff Parker: Approached by editor Nate Cosby. He’s worked with me on book launches before at Marvel (like X-Men First Class, Agents of Atlas) so we team well on stuff like this. He figured I was probably into these characters, and I certainly was. 

CBN: Who is/are the “king” in Kings Watch?

Jeff Parker: That is actually a revelation that makes the story really interesting so I’m not going to spoil it!

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CBN: Tell us a little about your own past experiences with these three diverse heroes? Maybe the inspirations for your interpretations of the characters?

Jeff Parker: Like a lot of kids I read Phantom in my newspaper, still being written by his creator (and Mandrake’s) Lee Falk. I was always on the lookout for Flash Gordon stories because PBS had shown the Buster Crabbe serials and I loved them. I’m still fond of the 1980 movie too. My favorite material is Alex Raymond’s original stories, and then anything with him that Al Williamson drew. 

CBN: Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake are such different types of heroes from different types of environments. Will they indeed come together, and in what environment? Flash of the Jungle? (laughs)

Jeff Parker: They do come together, and they really mix it up. But yes, think how many alien jungles you’ve seen Flash in, it’s well in his wheelhouse. But this story gets very global and the three go all over to fight what’s happening as it goes on. 

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CBN: Can you describe a little of what will be happening in this unique team-up?

Jeff Parker: The catalyst for a lot of chaos in the story is the Mandrake villain, The Cobra. He’s discovered something that could change the entire world and has no moral reservations with going through with it. Mandrake has been off the radar for a while and doesn’t plan to do any more adventuring, but then he’s the first to understand what’s at stake. 

CBN: How about the art of Marc Laming? Have you two worked together before?

Jeff Parker: We never have, but I hope to change that from here out. Marc was already great, his work on The Activity and Exile on the Planet of the Apes is excellent, but I swear he must be going for an Eisner or something, he’s blowing the doors off this thing with each new page. And just a pleasure to work with, he actually tolerates my crazy descriptions. He does his work mostly digital, but I’m trying to convince him to do some on paper because I know a lot of people would love to own pages from this. 

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CBN: Is there any literature or other genre outside of comics that may influence this tale? With Flash Gordon involved, how much of this will be science fiction-oriented?

Jeff Parker: Almost purely pulp- sci fi, mystery and adventure. It’s a kind of sci-fi that is inclusive of a lot of other genre. Really Flash is always more over to the side of science-fantasy, after all. 

CBN: Besides The Cobra, can you tell us anything else about the foe(s) your protagonists will be facing?

Jeff Parker: There are a lot of big freaky monsters, spies and murderous cult types. And special threats to be revealed halfway through. 

CBN: Before we wrap, Jeff, I just wanted to say what a big fan of your Exiles work at Marvel I am. I certainly wish that iteration of the series had continued.

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Jeff Parker: Hey thanks! We had a good time on that book, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

CBN: Finally, any projects current or future you would like to discuss?

Jeff Parker: We’re only about a week away from the digital launch of Batman 66, so I hope readers will come to comiXology or the DC site [for that]. I have a feeling this is going to launch big, a lot of people have waited a long time for this version of Batman and Robin to return. Fantastic art by Jonathan Case with The Riddler and Catwoman kicking the series off. 

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Jeff Parker for answering our questions and also Dynamite’s own Nick Barrucci and Keith Davidsen who helped make this interview possible.

“Kings Watch” #1 hits in September!

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