In an “exclusive” (well, not so much anymore) story on THR, it is being reported that fresh off of his bonafied hit, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn is being sought by Twentieth Century Fox to direct a live action adaptation of the adventure strip Flash Gordon.
The studio optioned the rights over a year ago, after producer John Davis secured the rights from King Features Syndicate and Hearst Publications. This isn’t the first foray into film for the iconic adventure strip character; three popular Buster Crabbe serials and a 1980 film known more for its Queen soundtrack precedes it. Flash Gordon was also a big influence on George Lucas and his Star Wars films, especially the dogfights from the serials.
Flash Gordon has been a major influence on many comic artists as well, mostly due to creator Alex Raymond’s unique and fluid style. Created in 1934, Flash Gordon and his adventures fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless have appeared in newspapers, comics, television, and film.
The film’s script was written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, from a treatment by Nolfi.
Vaughn has become a highly sought after director after Kingsmen, another comic based film, brought in almost 400 million in worldwide box office receipts, with a budget of 81 million. Vaughn is known for directing great translations of comics on film, with the Kick-Ass franchise and X-Men: First Class both being extremely fun adaptations