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Matthew Vaughn Blames Flash Gordon Delay on Guardians of the Galaxy Success

Director Matthew Vaughn is having to rethink his plans for a Flash Gordon comic book revamp because his original ideas were too similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Sep 25, 2017 by: WENN


Matthew Vaughn Blames Flash Gordon Delay on Guardians of the Galaxy Success

Director Matthew Vaughn is having to rethink his plans for a Flash Gordon comic book revamp because his original ideas were too similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy
franchise.

The Kingsman: The Secret Service filmmaker initially signed on to adapt the animated character for the big screen in 2015, but two years on, fans are still waiting to hear more about the project.

Vaughn admits he has had to go back to the drawing board several times to come up with a unique vision for the superhero, an adventurer who battles a tyrannical ruler on planet Mongo, because the huge success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films has made his task all the more difficult.

"We've been working on it," he told Collider.com. "For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians (of the Galaxy) kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it."

Vaughn also has to compete with the popularity of other big space epics, like the Star Wars film franchise, to create something original.

He added, "You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises."

The latest script for the new Flash Gordon movie was written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

There has also been no news on casting, but the actor who becomes the new Flash will join the likes of Buster Crabbe and Sam J. Jones, who have previously portrayed the hero onscreen.