Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi on Board for Flash Gordon Remake

It’s been an exciting week for the Thor: Ragnarok’s director, Taika Waititi, as the rumours spread regarding his impending animated remake of the iconic Flash Gordon for Fox and Disney.

After teaming up with Mark Gustafson to direct the stop-motion movie about Bubbles (yes, Michael Jackson’s chimp. That Bubbles), Waititi ended up dropping the Netflix project due to “heavy scheduling.” The news came as no surprise as the HBO’s Leaving Neverland aired in late January, featuring two purported victims of Jackson’s alleged child sexual abuse.

The two men accused the late superstar of molesting them as young boys during what were supposed to be whimsical weekends on the star’s Neverland estate, Jackson’s tours, and other adventurous meet-ups. The public was outraged, and Bubbles never made it to audiences.

Waititi indeed, had his hands full, as he worked on What We Do in The Shadows and Wellington Paranormal, and is currently directing Japanese anime Akira, scheduled for release in 2021. It is a post-apocalyptic tale about the members of a biker gang who try to take over the sprawling Neo-Tokyo. The picture is based on the Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same title.

The We’re Wolves producer recently completed Jojo Rabbit, a black humour war drama, about a young boy in Hitler’s army who learns that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Flash Gordon is a comic strip created by Alex Raymond, written back in 1934, which regularly ran in the papers up until 2003. Over the years, fans formed a cult following as they enjoyed the Sci-fi Franchise through radio and TV series, cartoons, and even children’s records.

Directed by Mike Hodges, the epic motion picture made its debut in 1980. The film was made in Technicolor and featured over the top ’80s fashion, hilarious dialogues and the original soundtrack made and performed by none other than legendary rock band Queen. The audacious, camp style was used to lure in the fans of the original comics and their TV and big screen adaptations, such as the Superman, Batman, and Spiderman series’.

The story is about the American football superstar who, alongside girlfriend Dale Arden, gets ‘skyjacked’ and unwillingly goes on a space cruise to the planet Mongo in Dr. Zarkov’s rocketship. There they meet the vicious Emperor Ming who set out to annihilate the Earth.

In this unexpected turn of events, the trio finds itself fighting to save the earth from total destruction.