While at one point it seemed that if someone were to be responsible for bringing, Flash Gordon back to the big screen it would be Seth MacFarlane given his love of all things 80s and his use of the real estate in Ted but it looks like it will be real Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi dips his hand into another comic book franchise. A whole two years after he was hired to work on an animated film Flash Gordon movie, Jungle Cruise producer John Davis revealed in an interview that Waititi is now working on a live-action film.
Speak with Collider in an interview coinciding with this weekend’s release of Jungle CruiseDavis said: “Taika writes it. It was a movie that had a huge influence on him growing up. It’s one of his favorite movies. At first he said to me, ‘Let’s make it an animation.’ I said, “Okay.” Then we got to work on it and started developing it and he said, ‘No, let’s do the live action.’ I said, ‘Even better.'”
Efforts to bring Gordon back to life have been ongoing since the character referenced in Ted in 2012, and while Waititi currently has his hands full with a number of upcoming projects, including a turn that will bring a new Star Wars movies, Davis is adamant that the Flash Gordon project is something the director is really passionate about.
“He has the most fantastically interesting vision for this movie. And you can only know it’s Taika. It’s what he does. It’s the way he looks at the world. He’s the best man in the world. He’s the funniest man in the world. And he thinks on a different level. And this film encompasses everything that is special about Taika and his vision. It refers to the original conception of the comics in a very interesting way,” he said.
Davis added that the pair have been discussing the project ever since Thor: Ragnarok was released, which makes a lot of sense given the way that movie was marketed and styled in much the same way as the sci-fi movies of the 1980s, but it was a 2016 movie called Hunt the wild people that caught Davis’s attention.
“He made this little film in New Zealand that was just insane, which I loved…and that’s what got me interested in him,” recalls Davis. “We sat down to talk in general. We went to a bar with this guy, Matt Reilly, who was an executive at Fox. We started kicking around ideas. And so, this is six years in the making, right “So I’ve waited a lot, a lot, a lot of time for him, but his enthusiasm has remained steadfast. And only he will be able to direct this movie, because only he should be directing this movie. It’s special.”
Finally, Davis shared that he was happy to wait for Waititi to find a gap in his schedule to direct the film, and he’s confident it will happen at some point. He said: “We went through the development process, not the writing process, but he described the characters, the film, the way it comes in, what it’s about, the tone, all those things in great detail, right? And I can don’t wait. And we’ll wait for him. Hopefully we’ll get… Look, he does a lot of movies, right? Believe it or not, he can make a few movies a year.”
One thing’s for sure: there are as many people out there as hopeful as Davis that we can use Taika Waititi’s version of Flash Gordon sometime in the near future. Read the entire interview on Collider.
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