It's been 30 years since the big-screen Flash Gordon debuted, and even though it never became a huge hit in the U.S. the way it did in Europe, it turns out there WAS meant to be a second installment in the franchise. Director Mike Hodges explains the personality conflict that killed any chance of a sequel.
Hodges, who had previously directed the original Get Carter (not the Stallone remake) as well as Terminal Man and Damien: Omen II, recently gave an interview to totalscifionline to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie and its release on Blu-ray (the movie has been out in the U.S. since June 15).
During the interview, the 77-year-old director revealed that it was a dispute between the movie's main star, Sam J. Jones, and producer Dino De Laurentiis that ultimately led to the sequel being dropped. Hodges said:
''I was very fond of Sam but here's what happened: we did the main shooting up until Christmas and then we stopped for the break. After Christmas I came back and did all of the second unit stuff too. For instance, I had to do the shots with the flying men and that sort of thing—what passed as special effects back then (laughs). So I also had to shoot a whole bunch of other stuff with a stunt double for Sam and I had to re-voice the occasional line of dialogue too. Not much but some—and I got somebody to impersonate Sam's voice. You would never know it wasn't him.
But Sam found out and I think that was one factor that led to him being upset. And Dino and he just did not see eye to eye for a while. So when you lose your main star there can't really be a sequel."
Are you sorry that Jones balked? Would you like to have seen a Flash Gordon 2?