Even if you don’t read comic books you probably know comic creator Mark Millar from his many film adaptations such as Wanted, Kick-Ass and most recently Kingsman: The Secret Service. It seems like almost every Millar comic book gets optioned for the big screen these days, the last being Starlight, which has Star Wars spinoff screenwriter Gary Whitta work writing.
That a new Millar book would be immediately optioned is so obvious that the latest Millar comic Chrononauts, which was released just this week, featured a letter in the “letters to the editors” pages speculating about the possible feature film adaptation. And days later we learn a movie is indeed in the works at Universal. More details on the Chrononauts movie adaptation after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Now that the buzz surrounding Spectre has calmed down a bit, it’s time to check in on 2015’s other action-packed thriller about a suave British spy with a taste for finely tailored suits and outrageously advanced gadgets. Fox has just released a new red-band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a secret agent who recruits a street kid (Taron Egerton) into the service.
Matthew Vaughn is directing the film based on a Mark Millar comic, and we all remember how much fun we had the last time that happened. Kingsman: The Secret Service seems to be cut from the same crazy, bloody, “fuck”-filled cloth. Watch the Kingsman The Secret Service red band trailer after the jump. Read More »
With all the release date shuffling Matthew Vaughn‘s latest film has endured, one could assume it is no good. The film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, had multiple release dates before settling on February 13, 2015 in the U.S. Usually that’s a sign of weakness, but perhaps not in this case. Based on a comic written by Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service has begun screening for critics and fans in the UK and the buzz is as if the film never moved a muscle. It seems Vaughn has made a film that’s very much in line with Kick Ass, but with bigger action, bigger stars and even bigger possibility for franchising.
Below, read some early buzz on Matthew Vaughn’s latest film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
After the success of Kick-Ass, director Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar are teaming up again for another action-packed comic book movie. Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth as an ultra-competent spy who recruits a troubled but talented street kid (Taron Egerton) for his top-secret organization.
Like Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service takes on familiar genre tropes with wit and verve. We’ve seen well-dressed, well-mannered James Bond figures before, but probably never quite like this. Hit the jump to watch the new Kingsman The Secret Service trailer. It also features a new Iggy Azalea and Ellie Goulding track, if that’s your thing.
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Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Another Mark Millar adaptation is headed our way, this time with a Star Wars writer in tow. Gary Whitta, who was recently tasked with penning one of the Star Wars standalone movies, is set to script Starlight, based on Millar’s comic.
The sci-fi pic will follow an aging Earthling space hero who’s called back up to the skies for one last adventure. Goran Parlov drew the book. Hit the jump for more details on the Gary Whitta Starlight script.
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At the comic shop, Kick-Ass is over. The final issue of the series, Kick-Ass 3 #8, recently hit shelves, ending a six-year run for writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr. That run didn’t only begin with the comics though. Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn developed the first Kick-Ass movie in tandem with Millar and Romita Jr. and hit theaters in 2010. It wasn’t a massive theatrical hit, but enjoyed success overall and spawned a film sequel in 2012. Kick-Ass 2, directed by Jeff Wadlow, was much less successful. Still, with only one film to go to complete the trilogy, many have wondered if the Kick-Ass 3 comics will also get adapted into a movie. According to Millar, it’s possible, but nothing is in the works. Read his Kick Ass 3 movie quotes below. Read More »
Months of speculation were answered Friday night at Comic-Con when Mark Hamill finally appeared on screen. It was not, however, for that little sci-fi movie he’s making. It was to introduce a new clip from Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn‘s latest film adaptation of a Mark Millar comic book. Hamill has a small role in one of the film’s opening scenes and they played the whole thing during the panel. Read about the Kingsman: The Secret Service Comic Con panel below.
Update: The full panel (minus footage) is online; watch below.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »