Taika Waititi Attached to Animated Flash Gordon Film

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A beloved classic is making a comeback…in animated form.  Disney is bringing back Flash Gordon and has tasked Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to bring it to the big screen.  More within…

Ever since the Fox/Disney merger finalized, Disney has been hard at work to develop select properties into feature films or television shows.  The latest IP to be revived will be none other than Flash Gordon.  Most may remember Flash Gordon as the interstellar hero from the classic 1980 film, starring Sam Jones and Max Von Sydow.  However, before that, Flash Gordon made its debut in 1934 in the comic strip by Alex Raymond, as an answer to Buck Rogers.

Now, according to a report from DeadlineDisney is preparing to bring Flash Gordon back, but not in the most traditional of ways.  Rather than do another live action Flash Gordon film, Disney has opted to go the animated route.  To crack how to make it work, Disney is bringing Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to helm the project.

While that may seem like he’s going to direct it, Waititi’s people aren’t prepared to confirm a specific title.  In the meantime, it appears Waititi is set to take it slow and start by writing the animated Flash Gordon feature.  After that, all bets are off until he’s confirmed to direct.

The synopsis for Flash Gordon is as follows: 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.

Waititi is currently putting the finishing touches on his adaptation of Christine Leunens‘ novel, Jojo Rabbit.  This controversial film will take us back to WWII to follow a young boy in Hitler’s army that discovers his mother is harboring a young Jewish girl from the Nazis.  Being conflicted, the young boy begins listening to his buffoon of an imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, played by Taika Waititi.

As more news about the animated Flash Gordon film is released, we’ll have it here.