Matthew Vaughn, a director in demand thanks to Kingsman: The Secret Service blasting away to the tune of $392 million and counting at the box office, could be about to reunite with Kingsman studio Fox and save every one of us with a new Flash Gordon film.
The studio picked up the rights almost a year ago and last month star of the beloved 1980’s adaptation of Alex Raymond’s iconic comic strip, Sam Jones talked up the idea that the movie could be a direct sequel to Mike Hodges film - so there's hope for Brian Blessed yet!
However, while Gordon’s very much alive, there’s still no confirmation other than writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who already have some experience with outer space adventure, having written a draft of Star Trek 3, have written the script, working off a treatment by The Bourne Ultimatum’s George Nolfi.
Flash Gordon is the adventurer first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond. The hero, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.
The strip has spawned three Buster Crabbe serials and, of course, the 1980 movie with the kick ass Queen soundtrack. Perhaps its most last impact was in shaping the mind of a young George Lucas, who paid homage to the Gordon serials with Star Wars.