To most contemporary audiences, “Flash Gordon” is probably most recently remembered for one of two things: the 1980 movie being endlessly referenced in Seth MacFarlane‘s “Ted,” or as a short-lived TV series on The Sci-Fi Channel in 2007, which lasted one season. Well, last year, Fox announced they were bringing the character back to the big screen, and indeed, the wheels are in motion.
THR reports that Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service“) is in negotiations to direct the new film. George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau“) penned the treatment, with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (“Star Trek 3“) writing the script for the sci-fi galactic tale. One can’t help but wonder if Fox saw the mega-success of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and got more confident that they could make a new version work much better than the super campy 1980 effort.
No word yet on when this might roll, or if a ‘Kingsman’ sequel, which everyone involved seems to want to do, is still on the table. But that project, which doesn’t have a script yet, is probably much farther off, and this would be a nice gig for Vaughn to squeeze in first. Until there’s more news, watch the pilot for the 2007 series below.