Kingsman The Secret Service poster

Like pretty much every handsome British actor of a certain age, Colin Firth has occasionally been rumored for the James Bond role. And while he never did get to play 007, he does finally get an opportunity to play a 007-type in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Formerly just titled The Secret Service, the Mark Millar adaptation centers around a British intelligence agent (Firth) who grooms his street-smart nephew (Taron Egerton) to join him in the trade. Also starring are Michael Caine as the head of the spy organization, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villain. The first Kingsman: The Secret Service poster and images have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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The A-Team

Read part one of our Joe Carnahan interview here, in which we primarily discussed Stretch and Death Wish.

Below is the second part of our interview with director Joe Carnahan. The director recently won the the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown and took the occasion to offer both updates on his career and thoughts about the current state of Hollywood.

In this section, we talk about potential alternative distribution models for Stretch, what’s going on with his Mark Millar comic book adaptation Nemesis, his admiration for Steven Soderbergh, his hatred of the foreign sales model and the dark side of the Hollywood business model. Read More »

MPH

Mark Millar has captured the attention of Hollywood yet again. Following last week’s news that his Superior would be adapted into a feature film by Fox, we now have word that an upcoming title, Mark Millar’s MPH, is headed to the big screen as well.

Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has just optioned the book, which hits shelves in May. Get more details and a sneak peek at the art, by Duncan Fegredo, after the jump.

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secret service at wondercon

Fox had a small surprise for fans this past weekend: a presentation from Matthew Vaughn‘s new film The Secret Service at WonderCon. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It stars Colin Firth as a refined and highly capable secret agent, who recruits his nephew to join the intelligence service. The footage shows one hell of a fight scene, positioning the film as something like Kick-Ass, but with John Steed from the British TV show The Avengers as the lead character. After the WonderCon presentation, we recorded a video blog talking about the footage, which you can find below. Read More »

20th Century Fox has officially acquired the rights to develop a big screen adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic book series Superior with producer Matthew Vaughn. Find out more information about the Mark Millar Superior movie adaptation after the jump.

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Saldana Gillan Guardians

Is Nathan Fillion going to be in Guardians of the Galaxy? Would Michael C. Hall be interested in playing Daredevil? How can you be the namesake of the latest Mark Millar comic character? Want to see photos of the would-be cast of the George Miller Justice League film? Where were Iron Man and Hawkeye during Captain America: The Winter Soldier? How much has the film grossed so far? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Simon Kinberg Fox

Marvel has Joss Whedon, Warner Bros. has David Goyer and now Fox has a similar creative force. Though Mark Millar was hired last year to oversee some of Fox’s comic book properties, they’ve just signed Simon Kinberg to a three year first look deal he promises will include Marvel-like expansions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes. Read More »

mark-millar-nemesis

Mark Millar‘s relationship with fans is… complicated. On one hand, the talented and prolific comic book writer has done some of the most biggest comics in the past decade and maintains a fantastic open dialogue with his readers. On the other hand, he sometimes speaks out of turn about potential film deals and hypes his work to insurmountable heights. At times, it’s difficult to take him seriously because while he’s sometimes right (Kick-Ass),  many others he’s not (Kick-Ass 2.)

Both sides of Millar are out in full effect this week. Joe and Matthew Carnahan just completed their screenplay adaptation of Millar’s comic book Nemesis, which follows a billionaire who turns himself into a super villain rather than a hero. It’s set up at 20th Century Fox and Carnahan is attached to direct. Millar recently read the screenplay and published his thoughts on his website. He claims he’s not being hyperbolic when he says the film is “going to be one of the best movies of the decade,” but it’s hard to believe him. But, then again, maybe he’s right. Read his write-up below. Read More »

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