Taika Waititi is developing a Flash Gordon animated movie for Disney and Fox.
Deadline is reporting that Waititi has been hired to “crack” an animated Flash Gordon movie for Disney and Fox. The site has initially heard that Waititi was set to both write and direct the film, but has since learned that his actual role is a bit more up in the air right now (other than he’s involved with it, in some form or another).
Fox has had a difficult time getting a Flash Gordon movie reboot off the ground since it landed the film rights in 2014. Directors Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman) and Julius Avery (Overlord) have worked on the project over the last five years, but both of their iterations failed to make it past the early stages of pre-production. Fox and its new owner Disney are now trying a different approach – not only in terms of director, but even the movie’s actual medium.
Centering around a man from Earth and his companions as they travel to the alien world of Mongo to confront the nefarious Ming the Merciless, the comic was famously adapted into a series of films in the 1930s. These serials became part of the inspiration for Star Wars, with George Lucas famously only making the original Star Wars film after he failed to acquire the rights to Flash Gordon and his adventures. The character was revived in the 1980 Flash Gordon film, which has gone on to become a cult favorite.
Disney’s Flash Gordon animated film does not yet have a release date.