With Kingsman: The Golden Circle finished, director Matthew Vaughn can start focusing his attention on other film projects that he's got in the pipeline. One of those movies is a new feature film adaptation of Flash Gordon, which he's been signed on to direct since 2015.
During a recent interview with Collider, the director talked about the film. First and foremost, he says that he's still developing it. However, he had to rethink the direction that he wants to take the film because he said that Guardians of the Galaxy stole what he wanted to do.
"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."
Vaughn just needs to take all of the elements that made the 1930s and 1950s sci-fi pulp comic so great and make a film out of it. Not sure why Guardians of the Galaxy is stopping him from doing that. All the elements to make the film different from anything else is right there!
As fun as the original 80s movie is, this new film should solely be inspired by the source material. I'm a huge fan of the Flash Gordon comics and with Guardians and Star Wars so popular right now, it's time to get it out there when it will be successful.
Vaughn also has a fantastic and fun filmmaking style of his own that would separate the film from everything else. He just needs to do it.