Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi Joins Flash Gordon Animated Film

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has his next Disney project lined up: an animated Flash Gordon film.

According to Deadline, Waititi is in early negotiations to write and direct the adaptation. At the moment, the What We Do in the Shadows co-creator is wrapping up his latest film Jojo Rabbit, a World War II-era movie about a young German boy whose nationalistic view is challenged when his mother hides a Jewish girl from the Nazis.

Initially, Overlord director Julius Avery was attached the project with X-Men: First Class's Matthew Vaughn as a producer. The film was originally in development at Fox. Following Disney's purchase of Fox, it appears as though those plans have been altered, with Waititi stepping in to take over from Avery.

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Centering around a man from Earth and his companions as they travel to the alien world of Mongo to confront the nefarious Ming the Merciless, the comic was famously adapted into a series of films in the 1930s. These serials became part of the inspiration for Star Wars, with George Lucas famously only making the original Star Wars film after he failed to acquire the rights to Flash Gordon and his adventures. The character was revived in the 1980 Flash Gordon film, which has gone on to become a cult favorite.

Disney's Flash Gordon animated film does not yet have a release date.

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