For the last few years. Since 2008 at least. Fox have been trying to get a remake of ‘Flash Gordon’ off the ground. The project initially started up with Breck Eisner, but last we heard of that was back in 2010 when the film was being touted as a potential franchise, which if done right. It could be, but it would need to be respectful to the source material.
Either way it seems that Fox are no negotiating with Matthew Vaughn with a view to him helming a new ‘Flash Gordon’ film.
If these negotiations work out and Vaughn signs up. Then there is perhaps reason to be excited.
I was impressed with Matthew Vaughn’s work on ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’. Its very obvious to me that he has a good grasp on how to make a comic book work on the big screen – and that is the sort of mind that a ‘Flash Gordon’ movie will need behind the cameras.
If I was Fox. I’d look to go a step further and maybe approach Jane Goldman to do the screenplay. Which would be a good thing due to the fact that Goldman and Vaughn have a brilliant success rate when they have worked together.
‘Flash Gordon’ is a favorite comic book hero of mine. I’ve probably read most of the old Alex Raymond strips and a fair few of the modern comics. I even own the old Republic serials on DVD and have probably watched the Mike Hodge 1980 movie so much that I can probably quote it.
So I really hope that Fox get this right and don’t stray to far away from the source material. If anything I think they should look at the brilliant Job that ardden entertainment did with their comic, which ran from 2008 until 2012. Because for me that comic book adaptation successfully updated the story and remained respectful of the original source material while doing so.