Matthew Vaughn has been fully immersed in the world of comic books for the past few years with the likes of Kick Ass, Kingsman, and X-Men: First Class. Now he may being staying in that milieu but getting a bit more classic as THR reports he’s in talks to direct a new live-action Flash Gordon movie.
Alex Raymond created Flash in 1934 in response to the success of Buck Rogers. The comic strip follows the eponymous hero who gets stranded on the planet Mongo alongside lady friend Dale Arden due to the actions of Dr. Hans Zarkov. There he gets caught up in the battle against the planet’s ruthless tyrant, Ming The Merciless.
The plan for the new film is to make something fun but less camp than the cult 1980 movie, which mixed a Queen soundtrack with an edge of cheesiness to entertaining but rather bizarre effect. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) are writing the script, based on a treatment by the Bourne movie’s George Nolfi.
It’s not clear when we might see the film, but with Vaughn behind the camera it’d be one to watch out for.