Director Matthew Vaughn Sets His Sights on ‘Flash Gordon’

By April 15, 2015

Director Matthew Vaughn has made a name for himself in recent years by creating some solid cinematic outings based on comics. From the 2010 adaptation of the Mark Millar/John Romita, Jr. series Kick-Ass, to 2011’s X-Men: First Class, down to this year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Vaughn seems to have a knack — and preference — for translating these kinds of stories to the silver screen. Now, he’s apparently set his sights on adapting one of the most classic comic strip characters of all time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has sought out Vaughn to create a new adaptation of Flash Gordon, based o the character that made his debut in newspaper comic strips all the way back in 1934. Along with Chronicle producer John Nolfi, Vaughn would be stepping a bit outside of his regular fair by delving deep into one of the most defining science fiction icons of the 20th century. The original Flash Gordon comic strip was designed to compete with the prevailing vision of Buck Rogers at the time, but Gordon would soon take on a life of his own. Spawning three popular film serials between 1936 and 1940 starring Buster Crabbe, a live-action television series in the mid-1950s, several animated outings, and of course the iconically cheesy film from 1980 starring Sam J. Jones and Max von Sydow.

Most recently, SyFy ran a live-action “Flash Gordon” TV series for one season in 2007-08, starring Eric Johnson (“Smallville”) in the title role, but it failed to gain any traction and was subsequently canceled. The property’s influence, though, cannot be argued, as it was a prime inspiration upon many science fiction and adventure directors. Most notable among them is George Lucas, who was clearly inspired by the adventure and aesthetic of the strip and the serials when creating Star Wars.

The newsbreaking story also reports that it’s been nearly a year since 20th Century Fox picked the property up, and that a screenplay is already in place by writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (who are also working on Star Trek 3 with Simon Pegg). For more on this as it becomes available, keep a tab open to GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.