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…)
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?
Kick-Ass has already been brought to the big screen and at the moment Nemesis is being kicked around for a movie adaptation, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mark Millar‘s newest comic, The Secret Service will also get the movie treatment.
Through a series of tweets Millar revealed some interesting news concerning the project, particular that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is currently writing a script and Mark Hamill is on board for a pivotal role.
Millar then tweeted out a link to a story on Comic Book Resources about the comic, The Secret Service. In this article he talked about bringing the comic to film as well as Matthew Vaughn’s involvement,
This all started when Matthew Vaughn and I were talking about ‘Casino Royale’ a couple of years back in the pub between breaks on ‘Kick-Ass.’ We loved the movie, but wondered why they didn’t do all the stuff where he learned how to be James Bond. We’ve both got a couple of friends in special forces, both here and in the US, and even the real life training, without any artistic license, is really incredible set-piece stuff. If you ramp it up a little, it makes for some incredible scenes in a comic and in a movie. ‘The Secret Service’ is about a number of things, but one of the central thrusts is about a young, wayward hoodie kid from North London learning how to be James Bond.
This education of a 21st Century super-spy forms the structure of the story. I can’t give too much away because Matthew Vaughn and I co-conceived the thing with Dave, and Vaughn is literally right now writing the screenplay of the movie, so we’re on a non-disclosure agreement for a little while yet. But basically, if I had to say anything else about it, I would say that this is our version of S.H.I.E.L.D. or U.N.C.L.E. or any of those brilliant super-spy concepts, but seen through that skewed perspective we brought to superheroes in‘Kick-Ass.’ It feels very, very fresh. I don’t think there’s ever been a comic like this and all three of us are very excited about it. I’ve wanted to work with Dave since I was sixteen, so it had to be something big.
Everything about this sounds, no pun intended, kick-ass! I’m excited for the comic, which you can check out a preview of in Kick-Ass 2 #7, I’m excited for Millar and Vaughn to be working together again, and I’m really, really, really excited to see Mark Hamill on the big screen again. Even though Hamill won’t play a lead, those roles will be British, I think he’ll actually do better as a villain or as an older spy training the younger. Either way I think Hamill as an actor still has something to offer, just look at his impressive voice acting credits.
What do you think of The Secret Service news?
Source: Comic Book Movie