Back in 2015 saw Matthew Vaughn sign on for a new Flash Gordon movie; however, nothing has been heard of the movie since.
Now while promoting Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn is asked about Flash Gordon by Collider, in which Vaughn blames both Guardians of the GalaxyÂ and Star Wars forÂ his Flash Gordon not happening.
â€śYeah, weâ€™ve been working on it. For me, the only problem withÂ Flash GordonÂ isÂ Guardians [of the Galaxy]Â kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. Youâ€™ve gotÂ Star Wars, youâ€™ve gotÂ Guardians, so youâ€™ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises.â€ť
Regarding having your own space opera, somebody correct me if I am wrong, but the original Flash Gordon stuff wasn't like the 1980 cult classic movie, which similar to Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, took a goofy approach to the material.
The original Flash Gordon was more straight-up science-fiction, and not "Go, Flash Go!" or dancing Star-Lord.
Maybe therein lies your own space opera, Matthew Vaughn?
Regarding Star Wars, it's more on the fantasy side of things than hard science-fiction.
Don't know the difference? Watch episodes of Battlestar Galactica.Â