Thor Ragnarok showed audiences that indie director/actor Taika Waititi could handle big budget space/fantasy/dramas. So much so, that now Disney has hired him to tackle an animated version of the classic science fiction hero, Flash Gordon!
Flash Gordon has been in development for what seems like ages — Kingsman‘s Matthew Vaughn and Overlord director Julius Avery are the most recent filmmakers to align with the project — but an animated film is an intriguing way to tackle an iconic property that slipped into the cheesy category thanks to a 1980 film that starred Sam Jones and Max Von Sydow and had a memorable theme song and soundtrack by Freddie Mercury and Queen.
Flash Gordon returns to its origins here. It began in 1934 as a science-fiction comic strip created and originally drawn by Alex Raymond to compete with Buck Rogers. Earth is threatened by a collision with the planet Mongo, and Flash is sent off in a rocket ship in an attempt to stop the disaster. He’s pitted against Mongo’s tyrannical ruler Ming the Merciless. The comic strip led to a serial starring Buster Crabbe and multiple movies and television series. The 1980 film got some hero worship by Seth MacFarlane’s live action/animation hybrid Ted. After Bohemian Rhapsody, is there any reason not to bring back the music?
For you millennials who might not know about the cheesy goodness of the 1980’s Flash Gordon movie, here’s a taste. And you are welcome!