We are entering a new age of cinematic pulp.
I know for some audiences, the word "pulp" makes them immediately think of Quentin Tarantino, thanks to the way he staked his claim on it in the '90s, but for some of us, pulp is a particular flavor of fantastic fiction that has only been flirted with in recent years. "Avatar" may have felt brand new to many audiences, but I thought it was a big fat slice of pulp science-fiction, unapologetic about it. And with "John Carter Of Mars" in production now and Sam Raimi talking about "The Shadow" and Shane Black writing a new "Doc Savage"... well, it feels like now's the time if you are sitting on a pulp property worth doing.
And when I spoke with director Breck Eisner today about his new film "The Crazies," I had to ask him what is up with "Flash Gordon," a project he's been associated with for a while now. There was a immediate difference in him, like he perked up. He sounds happy with "The Crazies," but he sounds positively rabid about "Flash Gordon."
"'Flash Gordon' is a project I've been passionate about for years and that I've been pursuing for years. I love sci-fi. I absolutely am obssessed with sci-fi," he told me. "The 'Flash Gordon' that we're currently writing... we're turning in the script in a month or so. Maybe two months."