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Guardians Of The Galaxy Made Matthew Vaughn Rethink Flash Gordon Remake

The Guardians of the Galaxy may have thwarted Flash Gordon without even knowing it.

Back in 2015, director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), signed on to remake the '80s cult classic Flash Gordon, but there's been little revealed about it since then. Turns out that James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise may have thrown a monkey wrench into Vaughn's plans.

When Collider asked about Flash Gordon, Vaughn said, "We've been working on it. 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. 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."

If you're not familiar with Flash Gordon, it's based on a '30s comic strip about a football player who finds himself on a trip to space where he must defeat the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. While the story isn't exactly the same as that of Guardians, you can see how the tone of a Flash Gordon flick could feel a lot like Gunn's movies.

Still, it's probably not time to give up on seeing Flash Gordon. Vaughn said that once he commits to a project, he doesn't stop thinking about it. "The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it. Simple as that," he said. "There will be a moment where I can't think of anything else other than getting behind a camera and shooting a movie. It's a very hard switch to click; once it's on, nothing stops me."

Meanwhile, Vaughn is currently doing promotion for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hit theaters this week. Find out why he begged the studio to change the trailer we all saw.