Vaughn: Why “Flash Gordon” Won’t Work Today

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has revealed that his plan years ago to make a reboot of the “Flash Gordon” franchise was kind of cut off at the knees by James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Speaking with Collider during “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” press rounds, the British helmer says the project hasn’t made much progress as making the comic adaptation stand out in the market today is difficult:

“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.”

Vaughn confirms he’s still working on the idea, but has shied away from locking in any production dates:

“The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it. Simple as that. There will be a moment where I can’t think of anything else other than getting behind a camera and shooting a movie. It’s a very hard switch to click; once it’s on, nothing stops me.”

Vaughn’s name has been linked to several projects in the works, most notably including the standalone “The Flash” film.