It looks like Flash Gordon may soon be heading back to the big screen, but this time in the form of an animated feature by Disney and Fox. Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) is set to sign onto the project, but there is no official word if he will direct, or be a screenwriter for the film, or possibly both.
Fox was originally working on developing a Flash Gordon movie back in 2015 with Mathew Vaughn (“Kingsman”). Since then, the project was in limbo and recently attached with Julius Avery (“Overlord”). This looks like one of the projects that piqued Disney’s interest after the Disney/Fox merger.
I had heard that the inventive filmmaker Waititi was signing on to write and direct, but his camp indicates it’s too early to gauge exactly what his role would be.
Waititi recently extricated himself from another animated film, Bubbles, the Netflix stop motion project.
Flash Gordon has been in development for what seems like ages — Kingsman‘s Matthew Vaughn and Overlord director Julius Avery are the most recent filmmakers to align with the project — but an animated film is an intriguing way to tackle an iconic property that slipped into the cheesy category thanks to a 1980 film that starred Sam Jones and Max Von Sydow and had a memorable theme song and soundtrack by Freddie Mercury and Queen.