Sony Pictures has won a heated bidding war over the rights to make another live-action film based on the 1930s comic strip Flash Gordon.

According to Variety, the deal being negotiated is in the high six-figure range. Breck Eisner ( Sahara) is attached to direct and Neal Moritz will produce.

The comic strip, created by Alex Raymond, followed a polo player who is kidnapped and taken to Planet Mongo where he battles Ming the Merciless. The strip was adapted in a 1980 film starring Sam Jones, and has seen several incarnations on television, most recently in Sci Fi's 2007 series starring Eric Johnson. - Adam Bryant