Colin Firth

Colin Firth is ready to step into the world of comic book movies. The Oscar winner has entered talks to star in Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic book of the same title. Firth would play a James Bond-esque figure who takes his nephew under his wing and grooms him for spy work. More details after the jump.

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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 »

Briefly: The superhero news just keeps on coming today, especially on the Fox front. Mark Millar just tweeted that Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, has joined Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot as a producer. This is “fantastic” news for the film as Vaughn’s superhero resume is impressive. His input, along with Trank’s vision, could only elevate the March 6, 2015 release.  Read More »

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J. J. Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

The director for Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed, and it is J. J. Abrams, according to The Wrap. While we don’t have a release from LucasFilm at this point, the Wrap reports that Abrams will do the film, despite his proclamation to the contrary last year.

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It feels like half the filmmakers in Hollywood have been rumored for the Star Wars Episode VII gig at this point, but one of the first names to crop up was Matthew Vaughn. The X-Men: First Class director popped up on a supposed shortlist just days after the Disney / Lucasfilm deal was announced, and his mysterious recent exit from X-Men: Days of Future Past suggested he had something up his sleeve.

Now, it looks like that early guess could prove to be correct. During a recent interview, actor Jason Flemyng dropped a few comments that suggested his longtime pal Vaughn was on board, or at least circling. Watch the video after the jump.

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Matthew Vaughn‘s abrupt departure from X-Men: Days of Future Past raised some questions, namely why he decided not to move forward. One theory that’s emerged in recent days is that he’s up for the Star Wars VII directing gig, but if a recent comment from Mark Millar holds up, that may just turn out to be so much wishful thinking.

According to the famously loose-lipped writer, Vaughn dropped out because he needed to get moving immediately on The Secret Service, an adaptation of Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic. Read more after the jump.

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Earlier today, we ran an article with a rumored director short list for Star Wars Episode VII. Among the names were fan dream like Steven Spielberg, young guns like Neill Blomkamp and up and coming hitmakers like Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn in particular was interesting because he had long been committed to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his hit film X-Men First Class, but mysteriously dropped out almost two weeks ago. Bryan Singer took over.

Now, our friends at Collider believe they have an explanation for Vaughn’s exit and it’s big. They report Vaughn is in talks to helm Episode VII. While obviously unable to get any kind of confirmation, Collider trusts their source enough to throw it out there, which in itself is a partial validation. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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