Flash Gordon is heading back to the big screen as the original comic book celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick MCKay, who have penned the upcoming third installment in the revived Star Trek film franchise, will craft the script for the new movie.

The story, centred on the superhero's battle with tyrannical leader Ming the Merciless, was originally launched as a comic strip in 1934 and was adapted into a 1980 film, starring Sam J. Jones as the title character, which became a camp classic thanks to its soundtrack from rockers Queen.