Matthew Vaughn, savior of the universe?
Vaughn, basking in the success of his surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character that is set up at Twentieth Century Fox.
The studio picked up the project almost a year ago, with John Davis and King Features producing. Davis spent more than a year acquiring the rights from the Hearst Corporation.
Gordon is the adventurer first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond. The hero, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.
The strip was a major influence on pop culture, spawning three Buster Crabbe serials and, of course, the cheesy 1980 movie best known for its soundtrack by Queen. One of the character’s lasting effects was in shaping the mind of a young George Lucas, who paid homage to the Gordon serials with Star Wars.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) wrote the script, working off a treatment by Nolfi.
Vaughn, who’s always shown an affinity for geek-friendly material with his poppy comic book movies Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, became highly sought by numerous studios after Kingsman. The movie, based on a Mark Millar-written comic, was released in February and has grossed more than $392 million worldwide on a reported budget of $81 million.
He is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment, UK’s Independent Talent, and Ziffren Brittenham.