While the hub-bub of that incredible Mad Max Fury Road trailer continues to blow up the Internet, Fox‘s upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service also released its Red Band Trailer. Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton, Kingsman is a fast paced, hard-hitting, in your face violence action movie that we’ve come to expect from director Matthew Vaughn. (more…)
A previous report that Christopher Nolan was being eyed to direct an adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One was only partially right. As it turns out, Nolan’s is one of a number of marquee filmmakers who are on the studio’s shortlist to make the movie version of the award-winning book. Warner Bros., who is developing the adaptation and, frankly, are hungry for a new franchise, see potential gold in an idea that’s been described as one part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, one part The Matrix, and one part The Da Vinci Code. So who all is looking to be recruited? And is one of them ready to step into the world of Ready Player One? Buckle your seat belts, because there’s some pretty provocative names on the list. (more…)
Matthew Vaughn is quickly becoming the go-to guy when it comes to adapting comic book properties into a cinema format. He’s already put together the first Kick-Ass movie and the return to the X-Men universe, X-Men: First Class, and now it looks as if he’s going on to direct yet another comic-turned-movie. This time around it’s another Mark Millar project – The Secret Service. Check out some pics of the new film, the trailer and a video of writer Mark Millar talking about Kingsman: The Secret Service below. (more…)
At this point, comic book writer Mark Millar could probably come up with a miniseries about a killer robot driving instructor that goes back in time for some reason, and still sell it to a movie studio. The Scottish author has sold the film rights to another one of his creator-owned hits, again to Twentieth Century Fox and his Kick-Ass/The Secret Service collaborator Matthew Vaughn. And which book will they be working on? The one that has a name that sounds like it has a lot to live-up to: Superior. (more…)
Hollywood legend Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) passed away yesterday in a London hospital after an extended illness at the age of 81. While cinephiles knew him best for David Lean‘s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, nerddom remembers him for his performance in 1984’s cheesy, yet beloved Supergirl as Zaltar–the drunken artist who nearly single-handedly destroys Supergirl’s floating domed city. (more…)
2010’s Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn was kinda one of those “love it or hate it” flicks. And Jeff Wadlow’s sequel, imaginatively entitled Kick-Ass 2, looks like it’s going down the same road–combining self-referential superhero genre humor with nearly absurd levels of ultraviolence.
At least this time Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is in her teens, and thus her appetite for mayhem and death will probably disturb fewer audience goers. Plus I’m excited to see what new cast members Jim Carrey, Donald Faison, and John Leguizamo are going to bring to the party.
Here’s the official synopsis courtesy of Collider:
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
Kick-Ass 2 opens in theatres August 16. Check out the red-band trailer below, with all the naughty words and nasty violence intact. Plus what I’m pretty sure are Russian subtitles:
Matthew Vaughn, best known as Director of X-Men: First Class, will be lending his talents to the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four–helmed by Josh Trank: Director of superpowered teen sleeper hit Chronicle. The news comes to us from FOX’s Marvel consultant Mark Millar via Twitter:
Just off the phone with Fox and some excellent news — Matthew Vaughn is producing Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot!
The F4 franchise proved one of Marvel’s relatively few cinematic flops (though still superior to Electra), and there is much hope in both the comics and film communities that the caliber of talent being assembled for this reboot will redeem the super team’s on-screen reputation.
No credible information is available as of yet concerning the reboot’s release date, cast or plot details–further updates to follow.
There’s no end in sight when it comes to rumors and speculation about who will end up in the director’s chair for the, as yet untitled, Star Wars VII. There’s a lot of hats being thrown into the ring and sometimes it’s not even the director in question doing the throwing.
Jason Flemying was doing some red carpet interviewing the other night at the premiere of Seven Psychopaths and (In response) talked about the possibility that Mathhew Vaughn might get the director gig.
**(When you watch the video please note that it is the INTERVIEWER who originates the thought and brings up the possibility that Vaughn would get the directing job and not Flemyng, he just answers the interviewers question.)**
Everyone wants to connect the dots of Vaughn’s exit from X-Men: Days of Future Past to the announcement of Disney‘s purchase of Lucas Films and that Star Wars VII, VIII, & IX would be made. Now it seems that even someone just answering a question about a possibility put to them is confirming the rumor itself. At least at other sites talking about this.
Maybe it’s just me but that’s the way I saw this whole thing. Flemyng is not dropping hints, confirming, or letting slip anything here except that if Vaughn were to get the job, Flemyng would love to be involved. Who wouldn’t at this stage? Anyone cast in a major part would be assured years of work in the future.
What role might Flemyng play in the Star Wars Universe?
Everyone was buzzing around with ideas on why Matthew Vaughn left his gig to direct the latest X-Men franchise film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Some were quick to say that he was going to take on directing duties for Star Wars VII.
Mark Millar has come forward though to set the rumors straight. Talking with CBR, Millar, the FOX Creative Consultant Guru says that the move has nothing to do with Star Wars and everything to do with getting the jump on other studios attempting to get their version of The Secret Service to the big screen.
Vaughn, Millar, and Dave Gibbons co-created the super spy comic series The Secret Service about the training of a street wise young man turning him into a super spy.
We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of Secret Service in the works.
People are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, “Fuck this. We’re not letting anyone steal our ideas.”
The first out has the best shot at making the most money so it’s not surprising that protecting your own came first for Vaughn. What do you think, does Millar have the real skinny, the low down, the right stuff?
Since the momentous announcement Star Wars Episode VII is a real thing, actually happening, within our lifetimes, all anyone can ask is, “Who’s gonna direct?” Lucasfilm and their new daddy, Disney, herald a 2015 release date and if that’s the case there’s much to be done in the short three year time span As of now we know next to nothing and nobody in their right mind would confirm anything without an official press release, but Collider may have an interesting theory. Could Matthew Vaughn be in talks to direct Episode VII? And if Collider is willing to wager their reputation as a reputable news source, I’m willing to give it a listen.
Their evidence is this, not too long ago Vaughn suspiciously and unexpectantly dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his 2011 X-Men: First Class. It was truly a startling development in the production of the hotly anticipated sequel, one that was only calmed when it was announced longtime X-Men franchise producer Bryan Singer would return to helm the project. What could cause Vaughn to leave the project? Let’s put it this way, if Lucasfilm and Disney are offering you the chance to direct Episode VII, would you say no? Of course not! And once Vaughn was able to leave Days of Future Past in the capable hands of Singer there’d be no reason not to leave.
Sure, it’s pure speculation backed up by Collider’s sources, but I do believe it’s worth considering. At least we can fantasize about what a Vaughn-directed Star Wars movie would be like. What say you bastards?