Taika Waititi’s Animated Flash Gordon Movie Is Now Live


Two years ago, Taika Waititi was hired to try his luck in an animated film Flash Gordon movie, but in a recent interview scheduled for the release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, producer John Davis told Collider that the project is now being developed as a live-action film.

“Taika is writing it. It was a movie that had a huge influence on him growing up. It’s one of his favorite movies. First he was like, ‘Let’s do it. lively.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ Then we jumped in and started developing it and he said, ‘No, let’s do it live.’ I said, ‘Even better.'”

Flash Gordon is based on the 1930s comic strip originally drawn by Alexander Raymond, who created the character to rival Buck Rogers. The comic followed the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov, who travel to the planet Mongo where they come into conflict with its evil ruler, Ming the Merciless. The property was made into a 1980 space opera movie starring Sam J. Jones as the main character and Max von Sydow as Emperor Ming. There was also a Flash Gordon Television series aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2007.


Hollywood is trying to revive the Flash Gordon IP since the character was referenced everywhere Mark Wahlbergthe hit comedy of 2012 Ted, and while Waititi has a full dance card in terms of work – including a new star wars film he will direct and co-write with Krysty Wilson – Cairns — the Flash Gordon The film remains a passion project for the director.

“He’s got the most fantastically interesting vision for this movie. And you can only tell that’s Taika. That’s what he does. That’s the way he looks at the world. That’s the most great guy in the world. He’s the funniest guy in the world. And he thinks on a different plane. And this movie encompasses everything that’s special about Taika and his vision,” said Davis, who said Waititi hopes to surprise audiences with his updated version of the character. “It’s very interestingly reminiscent of the original comic book design,” he revealed.


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As for getting Waititi to actually lead the Flash Gordon movie, Davis feels it has an advantage over the other projects vying for the filmmaker’s attention because Waititi himself wrote the screenplay.

“Well, he writes it. So when somebody writes a screenplay that they’re going to direct, they’re obviously going to really like the screenplay, right? So you get a big head start, n “Isn’t it? A lot of times you go to a great director with someone else’s script and they have to reinvent it. They have to make it their own. They have to… whatever. It’s going to be ready for Taika” , explained Davis, who has been planning this project for years.

“I’ve been talking to Taika about this movie ever since I saw his Thor“, said Davis, although his interest in Waititi dates back to the charming 2016 adventure comedy Wilderpeople Hunt.

“He did this little movie in New Zealand that was just crazy, which I loved…and that’s what got me interested in him,” Davis recalled. “We sat down just to talk in general. We went to a bar with this guy, Matt Reilly, who was an executive at Fox. We started to exchange ideas. And so, that’s six years of preparation, isn’t it? So I waited a long, long, long time for him, but his enthusiasm remained unwavering. And he alone will be able to direct this film because he alone should make this movie. It is special.”

Picture via Universal Pictures

With Waititi’s football film The next goal wins in the box awaiting release and Thor: Love and Thunder in post-production, Davis seemed convinced that Flash Gordon will soon become a priority for the director, even if he is ready to wait to secure his services.

“We went through the development process, not the writing process, but he did detail the characters, the movie, the path, what it’s about, the tone, all of that, right? And I can’ And we’ll be waiting for him. Hopefully we’ll have… Look, he does a lot of movies, right? Believe it or not, he can do a few movies a year,” declared a hope. Davis.

Curiously, when Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke with Waititi at the Thor: Ragnarok junket, the director revealed that he had all his department heads monitored Flash Gordon in preparation for the making of this Marvel movie, so his appreciation for the character runs deep.

Jungle Cruise is now playing in theaters everywhere, and it’s also currently available on Disney+.

Steven Weintraub contributed to this report.


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