Taika Waititi’s Animated ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie Will Instead Be Live-Action

Taika Waititi has so many projects lined up it’s tough to keep track. A couple of years ago he even boarded a Flash Gordon reboot, the character really made famous in the 1980 film led by Sam Jones and Max von Sydow. But this wouldn’t be just another movie for Waititi, because the plan was for it to be animated. Well, that plan has changed and it will instead be live-action.

The news comes from chatty Jungle Cruise producer John Davis, who can’t stop spilling the beans on Predator 5 and a new Waterworld project. He told Collider that Waititi decided during discussions that Flash Gordon should be live-action, and Davis agreed with him…

“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.’”

If anybody can make this work, it’s Waititi. Flash Gordon centers on the titular All-American athlete who is transported to space where he battles the evil Meng the Merciless. The sensibilities are pretty goofy, and as we’ve seen from Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok he can make the sci-fi/fantasy stuff funny as Hell.  He can make anything funny, actually.

This is just one of many things Waititi has coming up, including an Akira remake, an untitled Star Wars movie, and of course, Thor: Love & Thunder. He also has the soccer comedy Next Goal Wins already shot and due to be released soon.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.