Rumblings of a Flash Gordon reboot first stirred two years ago – when Star Trek Beyond‘s scribes were linked to the project – and last year made headlines when Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer Matthew Vaughn entered talks to direct. Since then things have been remarkably quiet on the blonde-haired hero front – until now. I Am Legend and Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich has signed on to rewrite the screenplay, earlier versions of which were completed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
The scribe hit up Facebook (via Hitfix) to announce the gig, dropping just enough hints to prompt much excitement – and of course, oodles of speculation:
“I can’t wait to get started and if you’re curious about the take? I’m not saying a word. All I’ll say is this – it will be nothing like any version of Flash Gordon you’ve seen.”
With Protosevich now tapping away at the keys, there’s no reason to believe we won’t see a truly stellar version of Alex Raymond’s iconic character. Disney’s John Carter misfire started with one of Protosevich’s scripts, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs stories, which is reportedly a killer read and a bit of a heartbreaker considering how poorly that movie turned out.
Fingers crossed then that with Vaughn and Protosevich together they might finally be able to lift Flash Gordon out of development and into pre-production.