Matthew Vaughn has finally settled on his next project. After passing on the sequel to X-Men: First Class and being in the running for Star Wars: Episode VII, Vaughn is set to helm an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic The Secret Service, which the director began developing back in 2011. According to Deadline, “The drama closely follows the comic, about a veteran secret agent who leads a young protege into the shadowy business.” Vaughn has reportedly completed the script with writing partner Jane Goldman. As we saw with Kick-Ass, Vaughn and Goldman have had success in turning Millar’s sub-par writing into an above average movie.
Fox has picked up the worldwide distribution rights, and filming is already set for August with the studio eyeing a 2014 release date. I’ve enjoyed all of Vaughn’s films, and as long as his movie doesn’t revolve around saving the White House, I’ll be interested to see what he has planned. [Update: Fox has now announced that The Secret Service will hit theaters on November 14, 2014]
In situations likes these it’s best to sigh and then shrug. DC Comics has officially announced that they’ll be launching Before Watchmen, prequel comics based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. While there have been murmurings of Watchmen prequel and sequel comics for years, the prequels will really happen now with writers and everything. DC Comics asked Alan Moore for his blessing, but he (unsurprisingly) refused. He then returned to the woods to forage for nuts and berries. However, Gibbons released a statement saying,
“The original series of Watchmen is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,”
Hit the jump for more, including a first look at the covers for the prequels.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC has some pretty definite plans to move forward with several sequels or even prequels to the Watchmen comics. Why now, after over 20 years after the original graphic novel was published? The popularity of the book since the release of the film adaptation’s release is one reason, but the driving force behind these plans is DC Comics’ Dan Di Dio. Since previous DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz stepped down, new executive editor Dan DiDio seems determined to make a Watchmen sequel and reap the financial benefits. Levitz prevented any continuation of the story despite various attempts to do so, most significantly in the Countdown multiverse, because doing so would be a terrible move creatively and would also go against the wishes of Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. Since Alan Moore decided he wanted nothing to do with DC as well as with Watchmen years ago and also refused to have anything to do with the film adaptation, it’s pretty likely that he’d never agree to get behind it, considering that he and Dave Gibbons reportedly have rights to first refusal. Regardless, plans for a sequel seem to be moving ahead faster than most expected.
More after the jump:
Warner Bros. just sent out the sellsheet of the upcoming “Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut” and it confirms what we already heard: “The Ultimate Cut” has the “Tales of the Black Freighter” animated short film woven into the Director’s Cut. This new cut will also have two new commentaries from Director Zach Snyder and Illustrator Dave Gibbons. According to the sellsheet, the Ultimate Cut runs 3 hours and 35 minutes.
The sellsheet also mentions that there will be over two hours of bonus content including 4 featurettes and the “Watchmen” Video Journals. The set will also include the short feature “Under the Hood” which was previously available on the “Tales of the Black Freighter” disc, all 12 episodes of the “Watchmen” motion comic, and a digital copy of the theatrical feature. The set will be available as either a 5-Disc Limited Edition DVD set ($43.87 SRP) or a 4-Disc Limited Edition Blu-Ray set ($59.99 SRP). Hit the jump to get a full look at the box art. “Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut” will be available to own on November 3rd.
After over two decades of controversy, fan anticipation, lawsuits, and thousands of naysayers claiming that it could never actually happen, Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen finally got its silver-screen translation. Although Moore’s name is conspicuously absent from the film’s credits (Dave Gibbons is oddly given solitary “co-creator” credit for the graphic novel), this is an adaptation that does more than stick to its source material. It literally becomes it. Warner Bros. has released director Zack Snyder’s extended cut in a two disc DVD set. The added sequences manage to enhance the movie and further Snyder’s testament of devotion to the source material. Read my review after the jump:
Watchmen is one of the best films of 2009. It’s challenging, subversive, fascinating. It can’t compare with the original graphic novel, as made by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore but it never could. Watchmen, the comic book was a revelation in its time. It took a part of our culture (superheroes through comic books) and perfectly dissected it. From the panels on down, it dealt with why they were created, and their limitations -from the character’s personal sexual hang ups to using their archetypes to show what they meant, and how they failed. My full review of the director’s cut is after the jump: