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Matthew Vaughn to helm 'Flash Gordon'

Los Angeles: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' director Matthew Vaughn is in talks to helm upcoming movie 'Flash Gordon'.

20th Century Fox picked up the project last year with John Davis and King Features producing, and the script being written by 'Star Trek 3' writers John D Payne and Patrick McKay, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Matthew Vaughn, 44, has previously worked on some Hollywood superhero movies like 2010's 'Kick Ass' and 2011's 'X-Men: First Class'.

The producer-turned-director most recently directed his most successful movie to date 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' starring Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson which has reportedly grossed USD 392 million worldwide.

Steven 'Flash' Gordon is a character in a science fiction adventure comic strip written by Alex Raymond. Flash is a Yale graduate who is kidnapped and taken into space when Earth was bombarded by fiery meteors.

The story has spawned movies, last seen in a 1980 flick starring Sam Jones, and TV series with the latest adaptations running on Sci-Fi Channel from 2007 to 2008.

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