Now that Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out in theaters, director Matthew Vaughn can begin focusing his attention on other projects. One project, which Vaughn signed on to do back in April of 2015, was to bring to life a new version of Flash Gordon. When speaking with Collider, the filmmaker revealed that an unexpected drawback to the success of a fun space adventure like Guardians of the Galaxy was putting Flash Gordon on the backburner.
"We’ve been working on it," Vaughn revealed of the film's progress. "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.”
Flash Gordon's publication history dates back to the '30s, with a set of live-action serials being produced as early as the '50s to chronicle the outer space adventures. In 1980, a film was released that drew many comparisons to 1977's Star Wars, as they both connected with fans thanks to their campy sci-fi tone.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, whose initial installment was released in 2014, resonated with fans in similar ways, as the films feature plenty of fun and humor, in addition to incredibly imaginative creatures and environments. For Vaughn to create Flash Gordon now, it might feel a little too trendy.
Considering his deal goes back years, Vaughn can't be accused of copying something successful, but it gives him enough pause to know it's not the right movie to make now.
"The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it," Vaughn pointed out. "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.”
You can check out Vaughn's latest, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in theaters now.