The Secret Service

UPDATE: Exhibitor Relations reports a November 14, 2014 release has been set.

When Matthew Vaughn dropped out of X-Men: Days of Future Past, many speculated it was because the Star Wars Episode VII job was up for grabs. That may or may not have been the case, but Mark Millar came out and said Vaughn’s departure from X-Men was to collaborate on a project called The Secret Service. Millar wasn’t lying.

20th Century Fox just secured the rights to The Secret Service, based on a comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, adapted by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and directed by Vaughn. The comic and the movie follow an older secret service agent who acts as mentor to a new recruit. Fox will reportedly fast track the film, hoping to have it in theaters in 2014. Read More »

While doing press for his latest film, Frankenweenie, Tim Burton said he wasn’t sure if the rumored Pinocchio film he was circling to was going to happen. That was not a lie. However, those chances have just increased as the project has attracted a talented and proven screenwriter.

Jane Goldman, best known for her work alongside Matthew Vaughn on Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, is in talks pen the film which has Robert Downey Jr. attached as Geppetto. Bryan Fuller wrote the first draft of the script. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. There is absolutely no guarantee that Kick Ass 2 will ever exist as a movie. It exists as a comic book (the sixth issue was released just last week) so if you’re curious what happens next to Kick Ass and Hit Girl, that’s your best bet. For a while, Matthew Vaughn was speaking as if he would direct a sequel despite the disappointing box office of the original and his stars, like Chloë Moretz, suggested they would return. But even with all of that, there was no guarantee.

There’s now a significant update of sorts. Co-screenwriter Jane Goldman has been quoted saying neither she or Vaughn have any plans to write the screenplay, Vaughn isn’t likely to direct, but he’ll probably produce and is currently talking to someone who is very interested in writing and directing. Read her quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Jane Goldman rules. With her great accent, awesome red hair, and big, beautiful…talent, she’s becoming one of the most exciting screenwriters in Hollywood. She’s co-written Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt and X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn, she’s got The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe coming soon and now Deadline reports she’s in talks to adapt the book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, possibly for director Tim Burton. Read More »

I’ll say this for Mark Millar: the Kick-Ass creator/writer is ever-optimistic. He’s been talking about a sequel to Matthew Vaughn‘s 2010 film for months now, despite many indicators pointing to the fact that the liklihood of the film ever materializing grows smaller every day.

Now Millar admits that Kick-Ass co-writers Vaughn and Jane Goldman are unlikely to return to the material for the sequel, assuming it ever happens. If we do see Kick-Ass 2, it will almost certainly be under the command of a new director. Read More »

The first big post-Harry Potter role for Daniel Radcliffe is in the thriller The Woman in Black, which is a period-set tale about a young lawyer who encounters a ghost when hired to sort out an estate’s papers. The movie is also part of the return of the once-great Hammer Films label. A teaser for The Woman in Black has been released, and though there really isn’t much to it — shadows and the implication of some scares — you can check it out below. Read More »

Don’t listen to anything Mark Millar says and don’t believe everything you read on IMDb: Screenwriter Jane Goldman confirmed to Absolute Radio that Kick-Ass 2 is not happening, at least not at the moment. She says its not in active development, and all the creative forces behind the first film are busy elsewhere. They’d love to make a sequel and “maybe the moment will be right one day, hopefully.” Watch Goldman explain in a video embedded after the jump.

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We’ve heard that Matthew Vaughn might do another superhero film after he finishes the race to get X-Men: First Class in theaters this June. We also know that that new film isn’t likely to be a sequel to Kick-Ass.

Instead of making another film about emerging young heroes, it looks like he’ll dive into a story about retired crusaders. Mr. Vaughn says that “a major Hollywood studio is very keen to fully fund” a film based on the forthcoming Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards comic The Golden Age, which Mr. Vaughn will produce and possibly direct. Read More »

One of the more promising films that was delayed when Miramax closed its doors last year is John Madden‘s The Debt. Based on a script by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and Peter Straughan, the film features Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren in a remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, about a trio of Mossad agents on the trail of a Nazi war criminal.

Now Focus Features will release the film in the US, later this year. Read More »

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Those who are really hoping to see a sequel to Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass have latched onto reports about the progress of the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., and have eagerly ingested rumors about possible progress on a film screenplay by Matthew Vaughn and his Kick-Ass co-writer Jane Goldman. But there’s really no screenplay in progress, says Goldman, and it looks like whatever Vaughn makes next won’t be Kick-Ass 2. Read More »