'X-Men: First Class' Director to Save All of Us With 'Flash Gordon' Reboot

'X-Men: First Class' Director to Save All of Us With 'Flash Gordon' Reboot

Apr 15, 2015

Matthew Vaughn has been a pretty reliable director ever since making his debut back in 2004 with the Daniel Craig-starring Layer Cake, but it's seemingly taken Hollywood a while to realize that he deserves to be a hot commodity. One would think that X-Men: First Class would have sealed that deal, but apparently it's the grand success of Kingsman: The Secret Service (which, believe it or not, made $40 million more worldwide than X-Men did while costing half as much) that's truly made him a favorite at Twentieth Century Fox.

The studio already has him producing their Fantastic Four reboot, and now they've tapped Vaughn to direct a new version of Flash Gordon, the comic strip that not only resulted in a cult classic '80s movie, but was also one of George Lucas' creative inspirations for Star Wars. If you haven't read the comic (and understandable; it did start in 1934), it's about a space-faring hero who tries to help liberate a planet from its terrible leader, Ming the Merciless.

Right now the project is in the early stages, so don't expect news of who will be playing Flash Gordon any time soon, but we do know that J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the script. And we also know that it's going to take a while for us to now get Queen's Flash Gordon '80s soundtrack out of our heads.

 

 

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