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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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Kindergarten Heroes

There probably isn’t much that Mark Millar, the writer behind dark, R-rated superhero fare like Wanted and Kick-Ass, could do to shock his fans. But his latest move may just do the trick.

Millar is foraying into kiddie territory with Kindergarten Heroes, a children’s movie based on his book of the same title. Carter Blanchard (Spy Hunter, Glimmer) is set to pen the script for Fox. Hit the jump for plot details and more. Read More »

The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service is loaded with big, established stars like Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine. But when it comes to the film’s younger cast members it seems Vaughn prefers fresher faces.

Relative newcomer Taron Egerton won one of the leads earlier this summer, and now the even lesser known Sophie Cookson has booked the female lead. Hit the jump for more about the project and its newest addition.

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[Photo removed at legal request from Fox.]

The shot above is the image released to celebrate the wrap of shooting on Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which finished it’s last days over the weekend.

The pic shows the film’s core characters. While we know that the film really brings together the cast of Singer’s original movies with the cast from the First Class prelude, Comic Con footage and other materials that have emerged since really suggest that this is a story about the evolution of Charles Xavier, with fellow First Class teammate Beast along for the ride and Wolverine as a guiding force. And so there’s your core trio.

But Days of Future Past may only be the next chapter in Fox’s evolving strategy to develop more and more films based on the Marvel characters licensed to the studio. Fox also has Fantastic Four on the way, and an X-Force movie in development. With that pic out of the way, the bigger topic is the potential connectivity developing between the X-Men movies and Fantastic Four. Read More »

Kick-Ass 2 Showdown

The two major things missing from Kick-Ass 2 constitute the two major problems with an otherwise decent sequel. Those things are Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Vaughn, who directed Kick-Ass in 2010, is an incredibly talented director. Goldman, who wrote the first film, is a fantastic screenwriter. They both return as producers this time around, but their respective duties have taken over by Jeff Wadlow, the director of Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down. Wadlow has an obvious passion for this material and does an admirable job at times. Without Vaughn directing Goldman’s words, however, Kick-Ass 2 never comes close to the energy and smarts of the first movie.

That said, fans of the original will enjoy all the new characters, the many tense/violent situations, and the uptempo, fun pacing. Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t reach the dizzying heights of the first movie, but in the realm of flawed sequels, it’s pretty entertaining. Read More »

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There have been rumors about Michael Caine joining the cast of Matthew Vaughn‘s film The Secret Service, and now that casting is confirmed by the creator of the source comic.

Peter got the chance to interview Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow and original comics writer Mark Millar at Comic Con, and during their talk Millar said the cast for Vaughn’s film is fully set. He confirmed that Caine is in the picture along with Colin Firth, but declined to name the younger actor who’ll play the street kid groomed as a British secret agent.

Read Millar’s confirmation and his description of the movie below.

Update: Variety reports more casting; details below.

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Kick-Ass 2

When I sat down to do my Kick-Ass 2 interview at Comic-Con, I was only expecting to talk to director Jeff Wadlow. But when I looked up from hitting the record button on my recorder, I was surprised to see Kick-Ass creator/writer Mark Millar also sitting at the table.

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Kick-Ass 2

When the first Kick-Ass hit theaters, it came under fire for its copious and unapologetic violence. With about two months to go until the release date, it appears that Kick-Ass 2 will get more of the same. But this time, some of the criticism is coming from a rather unexpected place.

Star Jim Carrey has hit Twitter to publicly denounce the violence in the film, saying he “cannot support” it in the wake of Sandy Hook. Shortly afterward, Mark Millar, who penned the movie’s comic book source material, issued his own measured response to Carrey’s announcement. “Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider,” he wrote. Hit the jump to read both of their comments.

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