James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies take a few cues from classic sci-fi B-movies of yesteryear, such as the so-bad-it’s-good cult-classic adaptation of Flash Gordon from 1980. So it’s not surprising to hear that, because of this, Matthew Vaughn is having to really think about how he’ll approach his own adaptation.
Speaking to Collider while talking about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Vaughn explained that he feels Guardians sort of took his thunder with how he wanted to approach a Flash Gordon remake:
“Yeah, we’ve been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You’ve got Star Wars, you’ve got Guardians, so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises… The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it. Simple as that. There will be a moment where I can’t think of anything else other than getting behind a camera and shooting a movie. It’s a very hard switch to click; once it’s on, nothing stops me.”
It’s nice to hear that the project is still being developed in spite of a seeming lack of progress, and it’s also good to know that Vaughn doesn’t intend to make his movie deliberately derivative to Guardians of the Galaxy so as to not “cash in” on another movie franchise’s success. But hopefully, this doesn’t mean that Vaughn’s reworked version strays too far from his original intent – it’s not like fans are begging for a gritty take on this goofy, fantastical sci-fi franchise.
Flash Gordon does not have a release date, nor does it have a central cast. The movie will be directed by Matthew Vaughn.
10 Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!