One of the most popular names in Hollywood, Taika Waititi has become a hot property ever since his comedy feature What We Do In The Shadows, Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok and Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit.
His list of upcoming projects is also growing, working on the likes of comedy, sports drama Next Goal Wins, Marvel sequel, Thor: Love And Thunder, and now, the announcement of a Flash Gordon remake. Once intended to be an animated feature film, Waititi has now confirmed it will be a live-action project.
The massive stylistic change has been announced via producer John Davis, who commented, “Taika is writing it. It was a movie that was a huge influence on him growing up. It is one of his favourite movies,” in conversation with Collider.
Continuing, he noted, “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'”.
Originating from a 1930s comic strip created by Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon follows a Yale graduate who travels with two companions to the planet Mongo, where they come into conflict with the land’s evil ruler, Ming the Merciless. Better known for its 1980s film adaptation from Mike Hodges, starring Brian Blessed and Sam J. Jones, Waititi is a suitable director to take on the camp remake, with the filmmaker already proving that he can easily create a frenetic, colourful universe.
“He has the most fantastically interesting vision for this movie. And you can only know it is Taika,” John Davies added. “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,” he continued, greatly praising the director.
“It harkens in a very interesting way to the original conception from the comics,” Davis concludes, with Taika Waititi yet to comment on the new film.