Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") continues developing a sex/violence update of "Flash Gordon", based on the 1930's newspaper comic strip space hero by Alex Raymond, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas:
Vaughn ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") was approached by Fox, before their Disney acquisition, to kick-off the new sci-fi series.
According to actor Sam Jones, who played 'Flash Gordon' in a 1980 feature, "Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to 'Flash Gordon' last year, and he hired John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel...
"I met with Matt and we are in talks about that. I’m very excited. A lot of people over the years, including Stephen Sommers and Neil H Moritz, have acquired the screenplay rights, but for whatever reason they did not do a follow up on the option. So I’m very excited about it...However they want to use me, I’m very excited..."
"Flash Gordon" debuted January 7, 1934, inspired by the space adventures of "Buck Rogers".
'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate and his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.
Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', that planet's evil ruler.
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