After passing on directing this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 and the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past (though he is producing both films), Matthew Vaughn is settling on a different comic adaptation for his next directorial project: Mark Millar’s The Secret Service.
With the graphic novel due to be released in July, 20th Century Fox has just landed the rights to the story, about a veteran secret agent who brings his punk nephew into the business. It’s little surprise that Fox sought the rights for Millar’s story, as they’ve been using Millar as a consultant on their Marvel Comics-based projects. And, of course, Vaughn should be a good fit for the project, as Kick-Ass was also based on a graphic novel written by Millar.
The Secret Service will be Vaughn’s first film as a director since X-Men: First Class, which he also made for Fox. The studio will be looking to release The Secret Service next year, with plans to begin production this August.
Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to produce a Fantastic Four reboot for Fox. The film is set to be helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, and has been slated for a March 6, 2015 release.
Fox’s first two Fantastic Four films, directed by Tim Story, starred Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Alba as the superhero family, and grossed a combined total of more than $600 million, though they were panned by critics. Much like Columbia Pictures’ recent reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man, Fox needs to crank out a new FF movie so that the rights to the characters do not revert to Marvel Studios and Disney.
Vaughn has already developed a working relationship with Fox, having written and directed X-Men: First Class. He is also producing its follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the sequel to Kick-Ass, though he does not yet have another directing job lined up. He knows his way around a comic book movie, too, as both First Class and Kick-Ass are among the Top 25 Based-on-Comics movies on Flickchart, and in the Top 1000 of all films in Flickchart’s database of 43,000-plus titles.
The Fantastic Four, as the reboot is currently titled, already joins a slate of planned 2015 comic book movies that includes Marvel Comics properties The Avengers 2, Ant-Man and a possible solo Hulk movie.
via The Wrap
Summary (from Fox): Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
Matthew Vaughn surprises (me at least) with a fun, if a little cheesy and convenient, summer superhero movie.
This weekend, the first of many upcoming superhero reboots will be released. Leading the pack before the rumored Fantastic Four restart and next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man is X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn’s tale of the beginning of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the 60s and the friendship between Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who will become Magneto. Vaughn has cast this new film in the X-Men franchise with some of the most talented actors of today. So before seeing his newest film, check out some of the under-ranked films from the stars of X-Men: First Class.