Director Matthew Vaughn’s most recent movie is Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hit theaters today. Sadly, there's a movie that he hasn’t directed, despite being in talks back in April 2015: Flash Gordon.
And it seems Guardians of the Galaxy could be to blame.
Vaughn told Collider, “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. 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.”
Flash Gordon started life as a comic book, then made its way to radio, then became a 1936 film serial starring Buster Crabbe, with titles like “The Planet of Peril” and “Captured by the Shark Men.” Two subsequent serials became the feature-length films Flash Gordon: The Deadly Ray from Mars (1938) and The Purple Death from Outer Space (1940). These are titles that feed directly into the geek pleasure centers of one's brain. Ahhhh!
Guardians of the Galaxy may have made off with one idea for Flash Gordon, but there are plenty other ideas in this world, as well as the original source material to draw from.
You can just ask the Shark Men.