For many years, filmmakers have had their eyes on remaking a Flash Gordon movie. Based on the comic strip back from the 1930s, it has a lot of the spirit of high adventure that makes for great movies. Most recently, filmmaker Matthew Vaughn was attached to helm the film, but with his work on Kingsman: The Golden Circle, it’s been understandably silent regarding Flash Gordon.
Last year, the film received Mark Protosevich as a writer, and for all we know, the studio has either sat on those rewrites or sent it through several other rounds as Vaughn kept himself busy. Speaking with Collider, Vaughn spoke up about the status of the film, and it turns out that one other space opera has kept things from moving forward.
“Yeah, we’ve been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians [of the Galaxy] kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You’ve got Star Wars, you’ve got Guardians, so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises.”
Too true. Between those films, you have two very distinct versions of a space opera. Should he have gone forward with his original idea, it would have been viewed as little more than a Guardians ripoff, which nobody wants. Given that there aren’t a whole lot of space opera flicks out there, it’s important that Vaughn set his stake in the ground with a different tone for Flash Gordon?
But what could that tone and style be? Fans of the ‘80s Flash Gordon film likely won’t see another high-camp version of the film — that approach doesn’t work incredibly well these days — but given the nature of the material, there are a variety of ways it can go. Being that Vaughn is such a creative, we’re sure he’ll find a way. That being said, with a third Kingsman film likely on the way (depending on this weekend’s box office), it could still be a good while.
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