Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Talk KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, Matthew Vaughn, Comics vs. Film, WATCHMEN, Future Projects, and More

     August 8, 2014


One of my most anticipated movies is director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story is based on the comic by written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons about a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who takes a teen delinquent (Taron Egerton) from the streets of London, and brings him into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  As a huge fan of what Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class and how awesome the first trailer looks, I cannot wait to see the finished film when it opens February 13, 2015.  For more on the film, here’s our Comic-Con panel recap and our interview with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson

Shortly before their panel at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.   They talked about working with Vaughn, the way he likes to do action, how Kingsman brings back the fun espionage genre, how comics and film are two separate entities with their own identities, the way they worked together, the limited edition Watchmen comic created for SDCC, future projects like Nemesis, Supercrooks and Kindergarten Heroes at Fox and Starlight which is being developed with Simon Kinberg, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons:

  • kingsman-secret-service-teaser-poster:18 – What it’s like being at SDCC?
  • 2:03 – Millar on the action and tone of the film and how director Matthew Vaughn’s action scenes are more involving than some films with 5 times the budget.
  • 2:53 – Gibbons calls Vaughn’s action kinetic and describes how it “blows the screen open.”  In a comic book you can imply action, but it’s amazing to see it explode onscreen.
  • 3:25 – It’s hard to pin Vaughn down on a project. What’s it like to realize this is what he’s making next?  Millar says they actually planned this film for 2016 to work around future X-Men movies that didn’t happen.
  • 4:42 – Millar says X-Men: First Class is his favorite superhero movie since Richard Donner’s Superman.
  • 5:05 – Gibbons on how Kingsman brings back the fun espionage genre that had kind of died out.
  • 5:45 – Millar on how Vaughn is the next Tarantino in that they’re both cultural kleptomaniacs.
  • 6:30 – Were they ever thinking about casting while writing the books?
  • 8:45 – How comics and film are two separate entities with their own identities.  You have to do what works best in each medium.  Gibbons talks about the differences between the Watchmen film and graphic novel in a positive light.
  • kingsman-the-secret-service-taron-egerton-colin-firth9:55 – Millar on the character of Gazelle in the film vs. Gazelle in the graphic novel and how they both work. In the book it’s a man and in the film it’s woman, but the most important thing is if the essential character elements are intact.
  • 11:25 – Gibbons and Millar on the creative process and how they work together.  Gibbons prefers a full script to work from.
  • 12:50 – Gibbons on the limited edition Watchmen comic created for SDCC this year.  It was limited to 25 copies and came with a dinner with Gibbons for $500.  It was all die-hard fans that got them.
  • 15:00 – Millar talks about leaving Marvel and what’s next for him.  Talks a bit about Nemesis, Supercrooks and Kindergarten Heroes at Fox and Starlight which is being developed with Simon Kinberg.

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