Taika Waititi’s ‘Flash Gordon’ Film To Be Live Action

by Erik Amaya

Say it with us: ‘Gordon’s alive (action feature)!’

Collider reports Taika Waititi‘s proposed animated Flash Gordon film will be live action instead. Producer John Davis told the site, “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.'”

The movie both Waititi and Davis referred to is, of course, the 1980 Flash Gordon directed by crime film maestro Mike Hodges. In tackling Alex Raymond‘s comic strip character — and later film serial star — with the resources of Dino DiLaurentiis, Hodges struck a campy tone for the picture: one which chafed against audiences looking for another Empire Strikes Back that year, but won fans across decades of repeated viewings on local TV stations and cable. We’re some of those fans, as noted in our Your Weekend Cheesy Movie column.

Curiously, though, Davis said Waititi’s approach will hearken “in a very interesting way to the original conception from the comics.” Hmm … perhaps Flash will be a polo player, as he was depicted in the early strips. Or, perhaps, Flash will originate from the 1930s while Waititi’s depiction of Mongo takes on a more diverse and funky vibe.

Also curious: Davis has not yet locked Waititi down to direct the film. But he told the site he believes he will be able to get the Thor: Love and Thunder director into the center seat since he wrote the script himself. Of course, time will tell if he chooses that project next, or move to one of his other possible films, a Star Wars picture among them.

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