It seems that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy might have inadvertently put Matthew Vaughn’s Flash Gordon remake on hold.
Flash Gordon began in 1934, as a comic strip created by famed cartoonist Alex Raymond and is one of the most influential space opera comicbooks in history. And most recently, 20th Century Fox has been working on bringing the story back to the big screen with X-Men: First Class and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn at the helm.
However, things haven’t progressed that far.
Guardians of the Galaxy took the Marvel Cinematic Universe by storm, and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has set the stage for the MCU’s movies beyond the current Phase 3. Both of James Gunn’s films have found massive commercial and critical success, something that many of the latest space adventures, such as Ender’s Game and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, haven’t been able to do (with the exception of Star Wars). But, with the success of Guardians has put other movies of the same vein on hold.
Vaughn has been busy promoting new release Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and in an interview with Collider, he discussed the Flash Gordon remake: “Yeah, we’ve been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians [of the Galaxy] 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.”
This is one of the consequences of successful blockbusters – while many sci-fi films have borrowed from their predecessors, when a film comes out that is even remotely similar to a recent success, many accuse the filmmakers of simply copying a successful formula – even though Flash Gordon has been around far longer than the superheroes that modern moviegoers would accuse it of imitating.
Right now, Vaughn is planning on beginning Kingsman 3’s production after The Golden Circle has finished its theatrical run, but we can only hope that he manages to work Flash Gordon into his schedule, and perhaps taps into some part of the story that makes it different from recent releases.