He'll Save Every One of Us: Taika Waititi's Flash Gordon Will Now Be A Live Action Film


Many would argue that there hasn't been a decent Flash Gordon since the 1980 movie. There have been various television incarnations and animated reboots but nothing has lived up to the film starring Sam Jones and Max Von Sydow. In the last couple years there's been much talk of Taika Waititi making another film that would feature animation. But now it looks as all that has changed. Yesterday it was teased that the director's adaptation will move on from being a cartoon to be the first live action film in decades. In an interview with Collider, producer John Davis has set the stage for what's to come from the Waititi project and it looks as though Flash Gordon will be a live action movie:

"Taika is writing it. It was a movie that was a huge influence on him growing up. It is one of his favorite movies. He initially said to me, 'Let's do it animated.' I said, 'Okay.' Then we got into it and started developing it and he said, 'No, let's do it live-action.' I said, 'Even better.'"

For fans of the previous iteration this comes as great news. Taika's vision of Thor truly lined up with the visual aesthetic of Flash Gordon and we can only imagine what he would do with the classic character and that universe. 

Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon first appeared in the black and white comic strips and then made his way to serial films. Later on, the character was relaunched for the '80s crowd but didn't strike hard at the box office. In the years since, that movie has gone on to gain a massive cult following.