Newswire: Matthew Vaughn tapped for Flash Gordon reboot

Matthew Vaughn, quickly becoming one of the more interesting directors in the comic-book movie universe with his takes on Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, is planning on bringing his particular style of action to a rebooted Flash Gordon.

Vaughn is currently in talks with Fox to helm a remake of the King Comics space opera, originally published as a comic strip in 1934. Flash Gordon has appeared on the silver screen several times already; he was first portrayed by Buster Crabbe in the serial film, Buster Crabbe: Flash Gordon, which debuted at what was then called the picture show in 1936. Flash Gordon is arguably best remembered, however, from the 1980 film adaptation, with a plot loosely based on the first few years of the comic and featuring Playgirl centerfold Sam J. Jones alongside Max Von Sydow as Ming The Merciless. The movie was not successful …

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