Following on from his films THX 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973), lover of flannel shirts George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon film!
OH.SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Well presumably the bearded one would have created an epic space adventure in the style of the old movie serials, where good fought evil across numerous weird and wonderful locations.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
He couldn’t get the rights.So instead he made a different epic space adventure in the style of the old movie serials, where good fought evil across numerous weird and wonderful locations.
He called it Star Wars (1977).
Have you heard of it?
WAS THIS SUCH A GOOD THING?
For Lucas this was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen to his career.For fans of Sci-fi, plastic toys and vertically challenged individuals, this was the best thing to happen ever.By not making Flash Gordon, Lucas instead changed the face of cinema with his Star Wars films (well the first three anyway), gave Harrison Ford his breakthrough role and invented Wookies!
BUT WHAT IF?
Well if he had made Flash Gordon then firstly the 1980s camp classic Flash Gordon movie would never have existed, depriving Brian Blessed of the catchphrase “Gordon’s alive” and ITV of a regular film to show on a Bank Holiday Monday.It would have also meant that Lucas wouldn’t have owned the rights to license action figures based on Flash Gordon like he was able to do with Star Wars; so the toy industry would be very different to what it is today.Harrison Ford probably wouldn’t have become Indiana Jones, which would have robbed fans of three good Indy movies (The Comics Code believes there were only three Indiana Jones movies, and will not be convinced otherwise).Oh and Sci-Fi conventions probably wouldn’t be able to rely on regular bookings from ex-Star Wars actors, meaning a lot of convention halls would be pretty empty.
So to sum up... count yourselves lucky on this one!