Flash Gordon Movie Reboot Gets Writer & Director
The Overlord helmer will take on the sci-fi hero!
Julius Avery To Write & Direct New Flash Gordon Film!
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that writer/director Julius Avery has been hired by Fox to write and direct a new Flash Gordon film! Avery directed the upcoming supernatrual World War II horror movie Overlord for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. Since 2010 various studios have been trying to get a new film version of the character off the ground. Breck Eisner signed on to direct a 3D movie featuring Flash Gordon, but by 2014, 20th Century Fox hired Star Trek 4 and Godzilla vs. Kong writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to pen a script. In 2015, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct while I Am Legend and Thor scribe, Mark Protosevich, rewrote the screenplay.
Flash Gordon was created by Alex Raymond in a syndicated comic strip in 1934. He was as an athlete who got whisked away to the planet Mongo alongside Dale Arden and Hans Zarkovc to battle Ming the Merciless. The sci-fi hero went on to headline radio shows, film serials starring Buster Crabbe, television programs with Steve Holland, and comic books. Sam Jones starred as Flash Gordon in the feature film directed by Mike Hodges in 1980 and Queen famously performed the songs for the film’s soundtrack. Most recently, the character was brought to life on a short-lived 2007 SyFy series starring Eric Johnson. The character has inspired numerous other science fiction creators, most notably George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.