Thursday, 30 April 2015

Matthew Vaughn in talks to direct Flash Gordon

With Kingsman: The Secret Service doing great business at the box office ($392 million and counting worldwide), Matthew Vaughn is busy looking for his next film. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, that might just mean a reunion with 20th Century Fox for the company's new take on Flash Gordon.

The last time Flash approached our news radar, it was last month, with Sam Jones – star of Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon (1980) – talking up the idea that this new movie will actually be a sequel to Mike Hodges' effort.

Nothing official has been released about the new project as yet, but what we do know is that the story will once more be based on Alex Raymond's iconic space adventure hero, and the current script is by Bad Robot's J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who wrote initial drafts for Star Trek 3 and crafted the Flash material from a treatment by producer George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). However, it is likely that Vaughn would want to take his own crack at the screenplay, possibly with regular collaborator Jane Goldman.

Flash Gordon feels like something Vaughn could really do well – blending, should he so choose, the campier elements of the 1980s outing with his own sensibility. We will have to wait and see if the deal works out, after all this isn't the first time Flash has been headed back to our screens, only to tangle with the nightmares of development hell.

With several other movies bubbling away at various stages, Vaughn's current gig is as a producer, overseeing work on Dexter Fletcher's (Sunshine On Leith) Eddie The Eagle and has a credit on Josh Trank's (Chronicle) Fantastic Four, which lands here on 6 August.

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