Julius Avery to Write and Direct ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake for Fox

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“Overlord” director Julius Avery has been tapped by Fox to write and direct the “Flash Gordon” remake, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

“Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn, who circled the project in 2015 to direct, will now produce with John Davis and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Group. Fox senior vice president Matt Reilly is overseeing “Flash Gordon” for the studio. C.J. Kettler is overseeing for Hearst.

The story follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

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“Flash Gordon” has been adapted into multiple formats, most recently as a live-action series on Syfy and famously as a 1980 feature film that starred Sam J. Jones.

“Overlord,” which is set for theatrical release in November, follows Allied paratroopers in World War II who are shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day and discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.

Avery directed from a script by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The cast includes Jovan Adepo (“Fences”), Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”), and Wyatt Russell (“Black Mirror: Playtest”).

Avery is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tyre; Vaughn is repped by WME and Brillstein.

Deadline first reported the news.

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‘Life After Flash’: AMP Intl Jets To Doc On 1980 ‘Flash Gordon’ Pic – Berlin

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EXCLUSIVE: London-based sales and financing outfit AMP International has boarded global sales on Life After Flash, a documentary that chronicles the making of 1980 cult sci-fi pic, Flash Gordon. Directed by Lisa Downs, the film also explores the life of the savior of the universe himself, Sam J. Jones, and the aftermath of the clash the hot-headed young star had with producer Dino De Laurentiis. AMP will screen footage at the EFM in Berlin next month.
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Peter Wyngarde, Inspiration for Austin Powers, Dies at 90

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Peter Wyngarde, the cult British actor who served as Mike Myers’ inspiration for Austin Powers, died Thursday, according to his agent. He was 90.

Wyngarde is best known for playing the titular role in the 1971 British series “Jason King.” In the short-lived spinoff of the espionage series “Department S,” Jason King was a suave, garishly dressed adventure novelist who would often travel to exotic locales for research on his stories, only to get mired in mysteries with dangerous villains and exotic women.

Comedian Myers has named King as a major inspiration for Austin Powers, particularly for his dandy, leisure suit outfits.

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Wyngarde and King also inspired Marvel Comics creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to create the “X-Men” villain Mastermind, a mutant who had the ability to create complex illusions and hallucinations in the minds of the X-Men. Mastermind, whose secret identity was Jason Wyngarde, played a major role in the famous “Dark Phoenix Saga,” which is being adapted into a movie that will be released this November.

Sci-fi fans may also know Wyngarde for his work in the early ’80s as some notable villains. In the 1980 film adaptation of “Flash Gordon,” Wyngarde played Klytus, the gold-masked leader of Ming The Merciless’ secret police. In 1984, he got a role on the “Doctor Who” serial “Planet of Fire” as Timanov, the fanatical leader of a tribe of natives who worship a fire god that get swept up into a confrontation between the Doctor and his arch nemesis, The Master. Wyngarde also had an appearance on an episode of the cult British series “The Prisoner” as one of the many mysterious men who play the authority figure Number Two, and played the King of Siam in a London revival of “The King and I.”

“It’s terrible that Peter Wyngarde is dead,” tweeted “Doctor Who” writer Paul Cornell. “Such an extraordinary, detail-disputed, life. He was oddly magnificent.”

Others honoring Wyngarde on Thursday include the British Film Institute and “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Mark Gatiss

It’s terrible and impossible that #peterwyngarde is dead. Such an extraordinary, detail-disputed, life. He was oddly magnificent. https://t.co/dnx2tFUQ7E pic.twitter.com/AbluRU3LK8

– Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) January 18, 2018

We’re sad to hear that actor Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as TV sleuth Jason King, has passed away https://t.co/IaKJE4em8C pic.twitter.com/fMYsc6DHL9

– BFI (@BFI) January 18, 2018

From wartime internment alongside JG Ballard to Klytus. With No.2, Baron Gruner, Professor Norman Taylor, Peter Quint and Gloucester bus station in between. What a life. What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King! #peterwyngarde pic.twitter.com/GX6AENMRZY

– Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 18, 2018

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Matthew Vaughn Blames ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Delay of His ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake

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Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct the “Flash Gordon” remake in 2015 and there’s kind of been radio silence since — now, the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” director says he’s still developing the project but a recent blockbuster threw a monkey wrench into his idea.

“Yeah, we’ve been working on it,” he told Collider. “For me, the only problem with ‘Flash Gordon’ is ‘Guardians [of the Galaxy]’ kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it.”

The filmmaker, whose credits include 2010’s “Kick-Ass” and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” said that it’s taking him a bit longer than he anticipated to figure out where he wants the story to go, given that space-themed movies have been done over and over again.

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“You’ve got ‘Star Wars,’ you’ve got ‘Guardians,’ so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises,” he added.

The director became attached to Fox’s remake of “Flash Gordon” in 2015. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the latest script based on the comic-strip character created in 1934 by Alex Raymond.

John Davis and George Nolfi are producing the film.

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The story of Flash Gordon follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

“Flash Gordon” has been adapted into multiple formats, most recently as a live-action series on Syfy and most famously as a 1980 feature film starring Sam J. Jones.

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