A brief round-up of Retro-related news.
Flash Gordon reboot gets a new director
A new take on Flash Gordon has been languishing in development hell for some time now. Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughan was previously attached to write, produce and direct, however now Overlord director, Julius Avery is due to take over the writing and directing.
The biggest challenge with Flash Gordon is familiarity. Like John Carter, it was one of the earliest pulp sci-fi stories which have been homaged endlessly since, in particular by George Lucas who used the old serials as inspiration for Star Wars. Vaughan has previously pointed out with Star Wars and Guardians of The Galaxy popular with audiences, it’s going to be tricky for a new Flash Gordon to stand out. It will also have to compete with the affection that many have for Mike Hodges gloriously camp classic from 1980, which featured an awesome Queen soundtrack, a dashing Timothy Dalton and a very loud Brian Blessed.
All together now, “Gordon’s Aliiiiive?”
Bad Boys 3 is officially happening
The first Bad Boys is a guilty pleasure. Bad Boys 2 is a loud, overlong mess with an amazing car chase but a third entry has been on the cards for years. However now Will Smith aka Big Willy says the third film is finally happening – it’s official.
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Gladiator 2: The Gladdening
At 80 years old, Sir Ridley Scott is refusing to gracefully retire. After tarnishing the Alien franchise with his self-indulgent prequels, he now plans to push ahead with a sequel to Gladiator. Due to the death of Russell’s Crowe’s Maximus (spoiler!) the sequel will focus on the nephew of Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix in the original).
You’ve made some masterpieces over the years, but Ridders, please stop!
Batman: The Animated Series – Honest Trailers
As you know, we’re big Honest trailers fans and big Batman fans, so happy to see The Animated Series gets the Honest treatment. Enjoy!