‘Flashman’ Movie in the Works at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Ridley Scott
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Fox is going back to the 1830s and is developing “Flashman,” a movie based on the period novels by George MacDonald Fraser and setting it up with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment.

The series was first published in 1969 and centers on Sir Harry Paget Flashman, who first appeared as the bully in the influential 1857 novel “Tom Brown’s School Days.” The Flashman character appeared in a dozen of Fraser’s novels and was portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the 1975 film “Royal Flash.” The character is an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for the studio.

Chernin is a producer on Fox’s Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy,” directed by Paul Feig. Scott directed “The Martian,” which stars Matt Damon and opens Nov. 25.



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  1. Flashy gives the best birds-eye view of the history of the heyday of the British Empire because George Fraser was brilliant and did his research thoroughly. What a guy.

  2. kmac322 says:

    This is about time. I’ve been wanting to see another Flashman since I saw the first one and read the books. He is definitely one of my favorite book characters.

    What I’ve always liked about the stories was the interweaving of Flashman into actual historic events but with a little bit of artistic license on the authors part. Well, ok, a lot of license and the fact that many people thought these were actual memoirs when they were first published. How gullible are we, pretty much at times.

    I can only hope that Hollywood doesn’t do it’s usual short cut and skimp on the historical accuracy of the costuming when doing a period piece, especially in the area of the uniforms of the time. They often come up with their own idea’s of how things should look when there are many resources to recreate the actual uniforms correctly. Being a bit of an amateur historian regarding 19th century military uniforms, especially British Cavalry, I have created a few uniforms for my own personal collection including the 17th Lancers, after the Charge of the Light Brigade era, and am currently making the 11th Hussars, two of Harry Flashman’s Regiments. Each regiment has it’s own specific pattern of uniform braid, primarily for the officer’s, exclusive to that regiment and time in history. Finding that stuff can be difficult but it is available, though it can be expensive unless you have a Hollywood budget. It’s always about the details as far as I’m concerned. Even if the general viewing audience doesn’t have a clue. But enough ranting.

    Some of the actors I’ve seen suggested for the part, while excellent, are too old to play Harry. Unless the movie starts in his older days and goes backwards.The first book begins when Harry is 17 and the movie that was previously made took place when he was supposed to be 20 – 25 years old. I was actually thinking about this a year or so ago and although he is a bit short for the part, I think Daniel Radcliffe could pull off Harry Flashman quite well. He’s still young enough to do the early day’s of Flashman and could well do the some of the later years. Casting and camera angles could make up for the height differential of course. : )

    I do hope this project goes through and is done well. I will definitely be waiting to see.

    Not that anyone will really care. (one note on my avatar. the picture was taken of my 17th lancers before some details were replaced with newer more correct pieces, a newly made more accurate lancers helmet, correct shoulder belt and shoulder cords and lancers belt, which is not seen.) Terrible self promotion I know. ; )

    • kmac322 says:

      After taking a second look at all the actors suggested on another site for the part of Harry Flashman, it is definite that almost all of those mentioned would be too old for the part, at least for his early years. However, taking another look at the young actors from Harry Potter, it is clear that Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy has already played the part of Flashman. He was all bluff, bluster and imperious until the fight started. Then would run like a rabbit for it’s warren. He’s also taller and with some darkening of the hair and the right whiskers, he might do as well. My other 2 cents worth.

  3. Oron of Montreal says:

    Christopher Eccleston 15 or 20 years ago would have been a great, fun Flashy. In 2015-2020, I recommend Lee Pace.

  4. Rattakin says:

    Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease cast Holliday Grainger as Elspeth! I wish Sean Connery was younger, he would be an amazing Flashman.

  5. Moss says:

    I’d been hoping for years they would do a new version and had hoped Peter O’Toole would be the geriatric Flashman recounting his adventures as played by Henry Cavill, who is absolutely perfect for the lead. He fits the physical description and can also do a good cowardly bully (Stardust). Please let this be good, as I love these books!

  6. brandy says:

    i think Tom Mison on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow would be a perfect Flashman

  7. Tom Brown says:

    I just hope this happens. Flashman is a fantastic character.

  8. IT 2 IT says:

    More decades STALE business as usual from SCOTT.


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