Matthew Vaughn, who recently impressed us all with the giddily fun outing that was Kingsman: The Secret Service, has entered negotiations to direct Twentieth Century Fox’s Flash Gordon.
THR broke the news, reporting that it was Kingsman that pushed Vaughn into the Flash Gordon limelight. The director was also at the helm of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class.
The film is to be based on the classic comic strip, created by artist Alex Raymond, which told of a hero fighting the ruler of planet Mongo when he ends up there with Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zarkov. The strip was a pop-culture landmark of sorts, pushing out a 1980 film with a soundtrack by Queen and three Buster Crabbe serials. George Lucas even created Star Wars as a type of homage.
Star Trek 3 co-writer Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne are working on a screenplay from a treatment by George Nolfi (Ocean’s Twelve, The Bourne Ultimatum), who is producing alongside rights getter John Davis.
It’s still early days on the project and Vaughn hasn’t quite signed on that dotted line yet, but we’re excited at the prospect of the reliable Vaughn tackling such an iconic character. We’ll let you know as things develop.