The Hollywood Reporter is saying that British director Matthew Vaughn hot-off the heels of the very successful release of The Kingsman, is now in talks with 20th Century Fox for their reboot of the classic Flash Gordon serials/comic strip. The studio has been developing a relaunch of the character which helped inspire George Lucas characters such as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
Funny since Vaughn recently talked to about a desire to direct both Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Flash Gordon of course would be a combination of the two franchises.
“[Kingsman: The Secret Service writer Mark Millar] and I fell in love with movies at the same time. We’re the same age so we both saw Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, you know? Raider of the Lost Ark. And then in the 80s we were watching the same videos three or four times a day. We grew up in that style of filmmaking and what we’re doing is recreating that in a modern manner. If someone offered me Star Wars or Indiana Jones I would be very interested. When you’re the director, you just don’t know. Something clicks and you go, ‘Yup, I wanna go make that story,’ so never say, ‘never,’ to anything but right now I’m in the world of Kingsman so it’s really hard to think about anything else.”
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay who co-wrote the original draft for Star Trek 3 have been a script based on producer George Nolfi‘s treatment. I assume that Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman would take a pass at rewrites if he lands the gig.
This is smart on the part of Fox since losing the Star Wars rights needs to setup their own space fantasy franchise, we’ve talked at length at all the sci-fi projects Fox is developing Flash Gordon feels like another genre landmark they’re aiming to nab, alongside Alien, Predator, and Planet of The Apes.
The film from 1980 is considered a cult classic thanks to it’s crazy costumes, effects and amazing score from Queen. It’s a perfect example of a great cheesy space opera which you’d think would have had a bigger influence on films like Thor. We’ve seen his love for the cheesy Roger Moore Bond films influence The Kingsman, so it’s possible that the 80’s film will be some sort of template for this reboot.
Basically, this could end-up Indiana Jones in space with the stylish flare of Matthew Vaughn, how could you argue that isn’t an awesome idea?