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Matthew Vaughn being sought to direct the Flash Gordon reboot

04.15.2015

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There's been a lot of talk this past year about some sort of FLASH GORDON film (thanks TED?), and while the latest rumor suggested a possible sequel in the works, I have a feeling that might go out the window if Twentieth Century Fox gets their way. The newest GORDON news is that Fox is seeking out KINGSMAN and KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn to breathe some life back into this license. While FLASH GORDON is mostly known for the cheesy 80s film, it looks like Fox is hoping to harken back to the original 30s comic featuring the titular hero making his way to planet Mongo to face off against the evil emperor Zurg . . . I mean, Ming the Merciless.

Vaughn's latest endeavor, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, has so far brought in a whopping $392 million worldwide, which is mighty impressive given it's hard R-rating. There's no question that Vaughn is a hot commodity and it makes sense that Fox would want to bring him in on a project as well-known as FLASH GORDON. ESPECIALLY if they can bring Vaughn down to PG-13 territory for mass appeal. I can't say that I'm any more than indifferent about a new FLASH GORDON, but Vaughn's name attached to it fires up some interest.

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6:26PM on 04/16/2015
Oh give me a break, Vaughn is better than this, Flash Gordon is too hokey & silly for a remake.
Oh give me a break, Vaughn is better than this, Flash Gordon is too hokey & silly for a remake.
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12:45AM on 04/16/2015
As long as they don't cast Chris Pratt again as the lead. They cast him in everything now!
As long as they don't cast Chris Pratt again as the lead. They cast him in everything now!
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12:16AM on 04/16/2015
Matthew Vaugh rocks!
Matthew Vaugh rocks!
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8:43PM on 04/15/2015
It's always a good idea to back to the source material, but I have no confidence that a modern day Hollywood can cope with a property that they view solely as Yellow Peril racism.
It's always a good idea to back to the source material, but I have no confidence that a modern day Hollywood can cope with a property that they view solely as Yellow Peril racism.
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5:15PM on 04/15/2015
I would rather see Vaughn do something big like this than any sequel to Kingsman or Kickass, they were cool but I don't need to see more. And if they make another Flash Gordon I would rather he did it than some hack.
I would rather see Vaughn do something big like this than any sequel to Kingsman or Kickass, they were cool but I don't need to see more. And if they make another Flash Gordon I would rather he did it than some hack.
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3:13PM on 04/15/2015

I could see it working

if:
- The studio gives Matthew Vaughn free reign.
- he embraces the inherent cheesiness of the source material.
if:
- The studio gives Matthew Vaughn free reign.
- he embraces the inherent cheesiness of the source material.
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2:36PM on 04/15/2015
Meh Vaughn makes pretty good movies, but this doesn't do much for me.
Meh Vaughn makes pretty good movies, but this doesn't do much for me.
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2:27PM on 04/15/2015
I love Matthew Vaughn. The majority of his work has been fantastic and Kingsmen was an awesome movie to kickoff 2015 with. That being said, Flash Gordon is fucking horrible, the material is dated (both comic and movie). Franchises to date of surpassed it's content and I feel the end result would be similar to John Carter. This project is so far beneath Vaughn that he shouldn't even consider it. And Hollywood needs to give their collective head a shake if they think bringing back Flash
I love Matthew Vaughn. The majority of his work has been fantastic and Kingsmen was an awesome movie to kickoff 2015 with. That being said, Flash Gordon is fucking horrible, the material is dated (both comic and movie). Franchises to date of surpassed it's content and I feel the end result would be similar to John Carter. This project is so far beneath Vaughn that he shouldn't even consider it. And Hollywood needs to give their collective head a shake if they think bringing back Flash Gordon is in any way a good idea.

I know there will be some fans of the movie who would be down for a remake/reboot. But be honest with yourself, are you a legitimate fan of the movie in that you think it's good? Or do you just enjoy it for it's cheese factor and/or because of the references in TED? If it's the latter, then you know as well as I do what a bad idea this is.
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