Flash Gordon's long-awaited return the big screen has new life. Deadline reports that Julius Avery, the Australian director breaking out among genre fans in a big way this year thanks to Overlord, is Fox's choice to direct the new Flash Gordon film. Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was previously in talks to direct the film, but the project cooled thanks in part to the box office dominance of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Now, Vaughn is on board to produce while Avery takes over the director's chair. According to Deadline's report, the Overlord helmer offered a new take on the property — which he's been a fan of since childhood — that the studio immediately took a liking to. It's not clear yet when we might see any major development news on the film beyond this, but it feels like a promising new start for an old franchise to find new life.
Overlord, the World War II horror-thriller produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, has been building big buzz ever since its premiere at Fantastic Fest last month. The flick drew rave reviews from that first screening, and has been going strong with early acclaim ever since. That hype has apparently allowed Avery the chance to play in bigger sandboxes, including one of the most beloved sci-fi properties of all time.
First introduced in 1934, space adventurer Flash Gordon has remained a pop culture mainstay even as his influence has waxed and waned over the intervening decades. The property famously spawned movie serials (which influenced George Lucas in his development of Star Wars) and has continued in comic strips, TV series, comic books, radio serials, stage adaptations, novels, and more. The 1980 film Flash Gordon remains a cult classic, and fans have been eager to see the character return to the big screen for years. Now, three years after Vaughn was first reportedly attached, a new director seems poised to make that happen.
Overlord is in theaters everywhere November 9. What do you think? Will Avery prove to be the right man for the job?