Fox Developing George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman Series with Ridley Scott


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Variety reports that 20th Century Fox is developing the novel series “The Flashman Papers” into a feature film, simply titled Flashman, with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment. 

Based on a character that briefly appeared in the novel “Tom Brown’s School Days,” writer George MacDonald Fraser created Sir Harry Flashman, a Victorian soldier, who, despite being described as a liar and coward that flees danger, is often portrayed as a hero by the story’s end. The series ran for 11 novels and one short story collection from 1969 all the way to 2005.

Fraser was no stranger to feature films either, having penned the screenplay for The Three Musketeers (1973), the James Bond film Octopussy, and even 1985’s Red Sonja, starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The character was previously brought to the big screen in the 1975 film Royal Flash, in which he was played by Malcolm McDowell.