WonderCon: THE SECRET SERVICE Footage Preview; Get Ready for Colin Firth: Action Superstar

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The biggest surprise at WonderCon today was 20th Century Fox’s presentation of exclusive new footage from their upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service being directed by Matthew Vaughn.   For those unfamiliar: the comic book is basically ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘James Bond’.  Colin Firth stars as a superspy who takes his hooligan nephew under his wing and teaches him how to be James-Bond-like.  An early scene from the film was screened in addition to a brief teaser afterwards.  For highlights of The Secret Service movie footage, hit the jump.

Fox Developing Adaptation of Mark Millar’s SUPERIOR; Matthew Vaughn to Produce

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Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment.  20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior.  Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer.

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Nick Fury Kicking Ass, ROBOCOP, Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Jackson he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, finally getting a kick ass action scene for Nick Fury, if he read the reviews after the first press screening, Avengers: Age of Ultron, his role in the RoboCop remake, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Two New Promo Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He Didn’t Return to Direct

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Fox has released two new X-Men: Days of Future Past promo images of Storm (Halle Berry) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) in case you forgot what the characters look like or who’s playing them.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels—giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  I assume Fox is going to handle this like the Empire covers, so expect about 500 more of these.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and to learn why X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn didn’t return to direct the sequel.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Patrick Stewart.

Take a Look Inside the Intensity, Humor, and Violence of KICK-ASS 2 in New Red-Band Featurette

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Universal Pictures has released a new red-band featurette for director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2, providing a no-holds-barred look at the very R-rated sequel.  The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  If you were on the fence as to whether this follow-up could capture the same dark humor and violence of the first film, this new featurette should put your mind at ease.  In addition to previewing new footage, we see the aforementioned actors, Wadlow, and producer/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn discuss the new film as well.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band featurette.  The film also stars The film also stars Jim CarreyJohn LeguizamoLindy BoothClark DukeDonald Faison, and Morris Chestnut.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th. 

Jack O’Connell, John Boyega, and Christian Cooke Up for SECRET SERVICE Lead Opposite Colin Firth

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Director Matthew Vaughn is eyeing a trio of actors for the young lead opposite Colin Firth in his graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service.  The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  Colin Firth is onboard to play the uncle, and Vaughn is reportedly testing John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire), and Christian Cooke (Magic City) for the role of the young nephew.  It’s a potentially star-making role, as Vaughn chose Secret Service as his follow-up to X-Men: First Class after dropping out of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Fox is apparently very high on the adaptation.

Hit the jump for more, including the prospect of Vaughn reteaming with his Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the project.

Colin Firth to Lead Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE

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Last month, we reported that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) was set to adapt Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic The Secret Service.  The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  According to Heat Vision, Colin Firth is being courted for the role of the uncle.  Vaughn was looking to reteam with his Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the nephew, but the actor was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.

Hit the jump for more.  Firth will next be seen in Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis Three drama, Devil’s KnotThe Secret Service is set for release on November 14, 2014.

Matthew Vaughn to Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar’s THE SECRET SERVICE for November 14, 2014 Release

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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]

Matthew Vaughn to Produce Josh Trank’s FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

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Though Matthew Vaughn was previously set to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past only to step down and let Bryan Singer take the helm instead, it looks like he might be involved with another upcoming 20th Century Fox superhero property.  Vaughn remains a producer on Days of Future Past, and now proverbial Chatty Cathy Mark Millar has revealed that Vaughn will also be producing Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, which will be directed by Chronicle helmer Josh Trank.  Hit the jump for more.

Jason Flemyng Comments on Matthew Vaughn Possibly Directing STAR WARS EPISODE VII

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During the UK premiere for Seven Psychopaths, actor Jason Flemyng got caught in a bit of a rough spot on camera when he began commenting on Matthew Vaughn directing Star Wars Episode VII. The news remains unconfirmed since we broke the original story, and whether Flemyng let slip some confidential news or was just reporting internet rumors, we don’t know. But Flemyng and Vaughn have collaborated on nine films together, so it would make sense that Flemyng knew what the director was working on next (especially if he wants a part in arguably the biggest movie in years). Hit the jump to watch video of Flemyng’s comments and response.  

Mark Millar Gives KICK-ASS 2 Updates; Comments on Matthew Vaughn Possibly Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Comics creator/Fox consultant Mark Millar likes to talk.  With production currently underway on the adaptation of his comic Kick-Ass 2, Millar has been sharing updates and reports from the set for fans.  He doesn’t exactly have the most objective opinion, but he recently took to the interwebs to talk about seeing some edited footage and the evolution of Hit-Girl in the follow-up now that star Chloe Moretz is three years older.  He also noted that the first 45 minutes of the film will focus mainly on Hit-Girl.

Moreover, with us breaking the recent news that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn may be in talks to land the highly coveted Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig, Millar chimed in with his thoughts on that prospect.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

Is Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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Over the past seven years, Collider’s track record has been pretty good.  The reason is, before we run any “scoop,” we always make sure to double source it so we know the information is accurate.  However, the story we are about to run has not been confirmed, and I want to make sure everyone knows this is not 100%.  I only decided to run this because I trust my sources and it’s Star Wars.  In addition, while I spent all weekend trying to lock this story down, all my normal connections would not go on record (or they did not know), so this is going up as a “rumor” and “unconfirmed.”

Now that I’ve warned you this is just a “rumor”….

I’m hearing that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-AssStardustLayer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm Star Wars: Episode VII.  My sources tell me this is the main reason he dropped out of the X-Men sequel (which Bryan Singer is now directing).  Hit the jump for more.

5 Suggestions for Who Should Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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It was bound to happen some day.  Star Wars: Episode VII is becoming a reality now that Disney has purchased LucasFilm, and set a release date for 2015.  George Lucas has gracefully bowed out of the director’s chair, and given the reigns over to producer Kathleen Kennedy, although it remains to be seen how much influence he’ll have over future Star Wars films.

But since the director’s chair is open and we all love pretending we’re Hollywood executive, let’s play Suggest!  That!  Director!  This is the fun part since we have no idea what the story will be and who would be appropriate for that story.  However, we do have a vibe of what a Star Wars movie is, or at least what a Star Wars movie should be (i.e., the originals, not the prequels).  So who’s the right director to make a worthy successor to the original movies?  Hit the jump for my suggestions.

Bryan Singer Set to Direct X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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We recently reported that Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class, was stepping down from heading up the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  On the shortlist of replacement directors was one Bryan Singer, who was already acting in a producing capacity for the sequel.  Singer has now been confirmed as the director for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  There is still no explanation as to why Vaughn stepped aside, but he is in the process of inking a deal to stay on with the project as a producer.  (He did turn in the film’s screen treatment after all.) Hit the jump for more on Singer’s attachment to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Matthew Vaughn Out as Director of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Bryan Singer May Replace Him

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Director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) has reportedly decided not to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  At this time, there is no explanation for Vaughn’s departure, but this doesn’t mark the first change of heart in the director’s history.  He previously toyed with the notion of dropping out of helming 2010′s Kick-Ass before changing his mind and returning. He then opted out of directing the sequel, which is currently being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down).  Fox wants to keep their July 18th, 2014 release date and will have to move on landing a new director soon, especially since the original cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, are all expected to return.  Tops on their list is Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2).  Hit the jump for more. 

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