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Taika Waititi’s Flash Gordon Will Now Be Live Action

A few years ago Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) was brought on to take a crack at developing an animated version of the cult classic Flash Gordon. During an interview while promoting Jungle Cruise producer John Davis stated that the film is now being developed as a live action film. All I know is… the Queen theme song better be used.

“Taika is writing it. It was a movie that was a huge influence on him growing up. It is one of his favorite movies. He initially said to me, ‘Let’s do it animated.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ Then we got into it and started developing it and he said, ‘No, let’s do it live-action.’ I said, ‘Even better.'”

He has the most fantastically interesting vision for this movie. And you can only know it is Taika. It is what he does. It is the way he looks at the world. He is the greatest guy in the world. He is the funniest guy in the world. And he thinks on a different plane. And this movie embraces everything that’s special about Taika, and his vision,” said Davis, who said that Waititi hopes to surprise audiences with his updated take on the character. “It harkens in a very interesting way to the original conception from the comics,” he revealed.

Well, he’s writing it. So when somebody writes a script that they’re going to direct, they’re obviously going to really like the script, right? So you get a big leg up, right? A lot of times, you go to a huge director with somebody else’s script and he’s got to reinvent it. They’ve got to make it their own. They’ve got to… whatever. This is going to be Taika-ready,” explained Davis, who has been planning this project for years.


There is a lot more to read over at Collider who broke the news. The actor, writer and director, Waititi, has his hands full, but appears to be making this a priority.

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