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
In Flickchart terms, “Marvel vs. DC” is the ultimate match-up, made very clear by the fact that the Big Two occupied the two largest booths at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo this year. Marvel’s booth was dominated by a stage with a backdrop of The Avengers release poster, in front of which guests were invited to be photographed with props of Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.
Across the floor, DC Comics was surprisingly light on movie content; The Dark Knight Rises was represented almost entirely by a single, modest placard with the current poster and a TV loop of promo clips and ads that included the movie’s trailer. Where Marvel wants to emphasize the synergy between the printed page and the screen, DC is clearly trying to reassert itself as a comic book publisher and not an idea farm for Hollywood. It was with this dichotomy in mind that I set about exploring the relationship between the comic book industry and film. Read the rest of this entry »
I find it disconcerting how hated Nicolas Cage is. It’s not an uncommon occurrence to hear people say that they avoid Nicolas Cage movies because he is in it. Are there any other Oscar winners that that have that same problem? Make no mistake, I’m not saying he hasn’t been in bad films, but there is no actor who has been in over 50 films who can say they haven’t made a few mistakes. Yet these same people who damn him will forgive Al Pacino for doing Two For the Money, and are completely willing to ignore The Tourist from both Johnny Depp and Angelia Jolie‘s resumes. So why do people only take Ghost Rider, The Wicker Man, and Season of the Witch into consideration whether they should go see the newest Cage film? I have no illusions that this blog will make these Cage haters think he’s a master of the craft, but hopefully it will keep them from writing a movie off just because he is in it. Read the rest of this entry »
Believe it or not, this summer has already brought us three movies based on comics or graphic novels. Some have done quite well for their franchises (Thor, X-Men: First Class) while others haven’t been so lucky (Priest). This weekend brings about the fourth of these films, Green Lantern, which is DC Comics first summer film since last year’s train wreck Jonah Hex. With new films in the Superman and Batman franchises on the way, Green Lantern is DC’s best bet for a hit until those other superhero monstrosities are released. But before you check out the newest superhero film of this summer, check out some of these under ranked films from the stars of Green Lantern.