It was a year ago that news dived through the Internet like Vultan’s Hawk-Men that a reboot of the classic Flash Gordon movie was on the way, and things have gone pretty quiet since.
Flash Gordon began life as a comic strip created by Alex Raymond eighty years ago, and the tale of a Yale graduate and handsome athlete who travels to the planet Mongo to destroy the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless, became legendary. The story of Flash Gordon reached its peak in 1980 when Mike Hodges directed the camp but brilliant movie adaptation, Flash Gordon.
Featuring Sam J. Jones as Flash, and a array of great actors playing unforgettable roles (Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan, Max Von Sydow as Ming the Merciless and Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin), Flash Gordon is a film that should be in any movie fans collection. Add to the brilliance of the film a truly epic soundtrack by Queen, Flash Gordon is the type of film you can put on any day of the week, sit back and enjoy.
THR is now reporting that Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) is in negotiations to direct the new Flash Gordon movie. Personally, I couldn’t think of a better choice to bring the character bang up to date, and make him very very cool.
Vaughn, basking in the success of his surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character that is set up at Twentieth Century Fox.
The studio picked up the project almost a year ago, with John Davis and King Features producing. Davis spent more than a year acquiring the rights from the Hearst Corporation.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) wrote the script, working off a treatment by Nolfi.