Hollywood may have found a new geek gem in Matthew Vaughn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn, who recently directed the sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in talks to direct a Flash Gordon film that would be based on the popular comic character. 20th Century Fox will distribute the picture, which will be produced by John Davis and George Nolfi, with a script by Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
Created by artist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon debuted in 1934, chronicling the adventures of Gordon (a polo player/Yale graduate) and his companions, Dale Arden and mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. The three end up on the planet Mongo, where they fight its evil ruler, Ming the Merciless. Over the years, the character has had numerous incarnations in popular culture, including live action television shows and serial movies starring Buster Crabbe. It also spawned a 1980 film, which may be best remembered for to its Queen soundtrack.
While not a stranger to the comic book world (Vaughn’s other credentials include X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass), it was Kingsman that put the director on the Hollywood map. Currently, the film has grossed over $392 million worldwide.
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