New Zealand director Taiki Waititi is one of the most in-demand filmmakers currently working. Following the success of Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi has produced the TV spin-off from his vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, directed the soon-to-be-released World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, and is also set to helm the long-awaited live-action movie version of Akira. It’s now been reported that he’s involved with a new animated Flash Gordon film.
According to Deadline, Waititi has been brought on board to “crack” a new version of Flash Gordon. The site states that Waititi won’t necessarily direct or write the movie, but is involved in the early development stages. A new Flash Gordon movie has been in the works for several years, with both Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman) and Julius Avery (Overlord) attached a various stages.
Flash Gordon is an intergalactic adventurer who first appeared in comic strips in 1934. There were TV adaptations in 1954 and 2007, and a Hollywood movie in 1980. Although the film was a critical and commercial failure, it has since become a cult favorite.
Waititi was first announced as the director of Akira in 2017, and the movie was given an official release date last month. The adaptation will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. Waititi has previously explained that he won’t be making a direct adaptation of the 1990 anime movie, but would instead be going back to original manga it was based on.