‘Overlord’ Helmer Julius Avery To Direct ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie At Fox

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Overlord director Julius Avery has signed on to helm 20th Century Fox's long-gestating Flash Gordon film, according to Deadline.

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Fox has been actively developing a Flash Gordon movie since as far back as 2010, originally hiring director Breck Eisner to lead the film. Vaughn will now produce with John Davis and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Group.

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Since the Flash Gordon character been seen in basically every medium imaginable, there's no real telling what Avery's take on the material will be. The story opened with Earth threatened by a collision with the planet Mongo and Flash's friend Dr. Zarkov inventing a rocket ship in an attempt to stop the disaster.

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The film would be based on the pulp comic strip from the 1930s, which has been adapted in serials, cartoons and a 1980 film starring Sam Jones. Thankfully, Avery's latest film, Overlord, is only a few weeks away from release, so there's a good chance he'll be forced to offer up some more info before that.

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