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?
In an ironic twist of events nearly seven years ago, it seems that Bryan Singer is stepping in to replace Matthew Vaughn as the director of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Back in 2005, it was Vaughn who was taking over for Singer to direct X-Men: The Last Stand until Vaughn passed at the 11th hour and Brett Ratner took over. And we all know how well that turned out.
To bring you up to speed, it was announced that Vaughn had stepped down as director to the sequel of X-Men: First Class last week. Fox has this show on a pretty tight schedule, and developments seemed to be occurring fast and furiously. Vaughn’s departure might have gummed up that progress, but if Singer’s swinging in to save the day the film looks to stay on track for its July 18, 2014 release date.
So is this good news? I can’t see why not?
First off, Singer directed what is arguable the best X-Men movie, X2: X-Men United. Second, he’s remained very involved in the franchise having produced First Class and was, at one point, actually contemplated directing it. Thirdly, odds are good that with Jack the Giant Slayer coming out March 1, 2013, Singer’s got some time to fill, and maybe he’s ready to return to the X-Universe for real.
In the meantime, Vaughn is in negotiations to remain on with Days, but in a producing capacity.
More news as it develops.
Yet another movie that I really want to see is getting caught up in the director shuffle. This time around it’s the X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. And the one leaving is the guy who wrote and directed the first one, Matthew Vaughn.
Apparently, he’s decided he wants to go work on something else, some other comic book adaptation called The Secret Service, so he’s leaving the film in the lurch. Fox is looking around for a replacement and rumor has it that producer of the film, Bryan Singer is on the top of their list.
Bryan Singer was the man responsible for the first two X-Men films and those turned out pretty damn cool, so hopefully he’ll get back on board for this one. As long as he doesn’t direct characters to have emotional crying moments, we should be okay. Still no word, however, on whether he’s going to say yes or not.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to release on July 18th, 2014, so the studio better get moving. And they better stay the fk away from Brett Ratner this time or I am seriously going to firebomb the production – I swear to fkn God.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
Mark Millar is not shy when it comes to talking about his current projects, and that’s good news for X-Men fan boys & girls everywhere. One of Millar’s first big projects as FOX Studio‘s Marvel Creative Consultant will be X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Millar recently talked with SFX about Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to X-Men: First Class. It’s a classic X-Men story much beloved by comic book fans and the stakes are high due to it’s popularity.
“Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past.
“It’s X-Men meets The Terminator.
“You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film.
“Cost-wise it’s going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million.”
It’s no surprise to long time fans that any movie about the Days of Future Past storyline would include giant robot Sentinels. First Class was a great movie and I’m pretty confident when it comes to Vaughn’s handling of the franchise.
What do you think, can Vaughn pull it off? Which X-Men movie is your favorite and which would you rather not exist?
Via: Total Film