Matthew Vaughn’s Secret Service, the comic book movie adaptation of the Mark Millar and David Gibbons graphic novel, has cast Samuel L. Jackson as the main villain.
Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson joins Colin Firth and TaronEgerton for the spy movie that sees Firth take Egerton’s character under his wing.
The comic book sees a young man who grew up in a rough section in London get recruited by his Uncle into a British spy school that churns out suave, sophisticated gentlemen-agent types in the 007 mold. Together they get involved in a conspiracy that surrounds celebrity murders, with the comic book featuring real life characters Mark Hamill and Ridley Scott.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s name has also been attached to Secret Service, with Michael Caine rumored as well.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7300:]]Oscar-award-winning actor Colin Firth looks to have landed a lead role in Matthew Vaughn’s new film, Secret Service.
Colin Firth won an Acadmey Award back in 2010 for The King’s Speech.
Secret Service is adapted from the Mark Millar comic book of the same name that sees a young man who grew up in a rough section in London get recruited by his Uncle into a British spy school that churns out suave, sophisticated gentlemen-agent types in the 007 mold.
Secret Service looks to have a 2014 release and may also feature Mark Hamill and Ridley Scott as they were included in the comic book as themselves.
Here’s the full description for the Secret Service comic book from Amazon:
From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! The world’s greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next James Bond? meanwhile, what’s the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, the murder of an entire town, and a dark secret from inside Mount Everest? Under Uncle Jack’s supervision, Gary’s spy skills and confidence blossom–but when the duo learn what’s behind the celebrity kidnappings, the knowledge comes at a price. The conspiracy begins to unravel, but who can be trusted when so many prominent figures seem to be involved? It’s a must-be-seen-to-be-believed action spectacle!
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6390:]]Not really a surprise seeing how Secret Service comic book creator, Mark Millar, is the Fox Studios Marvel Comics movie consultant, but it’s been announced that the Secret Service movie that has Matthew Vaughn attached to direct will be from Fox Studios.
Deadline announced the news with mention that a tug-of-war was going on between Fox and Universal over the rights to the Secret Service movie.
It’s said that Matthew Vaughn has already completed the Secret Service script with Jane Goldman, that a released date will be announced for next year, and that production will begin in August.
Matthew Vaughn was also said to be in contention to direct the new Star Wars episode VII movie, and was said to be the reason for Vaughn leavingX-Men: Days of Future Past, with Bryan Singer coming on board to direct; however, Miller said the real reason was for Secret Service.
Here’s a description of the first issue of the comic book:
From The Writer Of Kick-Ass And The Artist Of Watchmen Comes A Collaboration Decades In The Making. Says Millar: “Secret Service Is The Ramifications Of [How] America Is Struggling On The World Stage, Funding Is Being Seriously Undercut To Balance The Books And Some People Are Trying Their Best To Take Advantage Of The Fragile Global Situation. The Hero And Sidekick Guys Who Lead The Book Are, I Think, The Best Characters I’ve Written.”
Well, just because Vaughn left because of Secret Service doesn’t necessarily mean Vaughn will not be or has not been picked for Star Wars.
Now, Millar has taken to his official site to offer support for Matthew Vaughn as the director for Star Wars.
…Vaughn departed X-Men because our Secret Service project was being copied by a few scripts doing the round and we didn’t want anyone to beat us out there with our own idea. Star Wars has since, of course, announced an Episode 7 and he’s been touted as a possible director for that movie. All I can say is that if he DOES get picked to helm the next Star Wars there would be nobody with more passion or enthusiasm for the project. I really don’t think there could be a better choice, especially as we’ve referenced Star Wars pretty much every day in the 5 years we’ve known one another.
However, that now appears not to be the case as we learn in an interview with CBR from Mark Millar that Matthew Vaughn departed X-Men (but staying on as possible producer) for the adaptation of Secret Service.
According to Millar, who now serves a consultant for Fox Studios, Vaughn dropped out because of the need to get Secret Service on the big screensooner rather than later as there are more than a few imitators floating around Hollywood.
“What we’re doing is that ‘Kick-Ass 2’ is filming now, and next year we’ll start production on ‘Secret Service’ which I did with Dave Gibbons, and Matthew and I have been talking about that for years,” he said. “We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of ‘Secret Service’ in the works. People think you’re lying when you say you’re not trying to get your comics made into movies so quickly, but the two reasons it happens like that is first because it’s the best ad for the comic you’ll ever have. And for me, selling the book is the most important thing. The second reason is because people are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, ‘Fuck this. We’re not letting anyone steal our ideas.'”
I suppose if Vaughn is not on Secret Service as the director he could still tackle Star Wars, but I think it’s a given that he is helmingSecret Service. Still, Vaughn directed Millar’s Kick-Ass, but not the sequel, Kick-Ass 2.
Worth a mention is that Mark Hamill will be appearing in Secret Service, which may have led to the speculation about Star Wars.
Regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer has recently been announced to be the new director.
And with Star Wars Episode VII set to debut in 2015, we should be expecting an announcement soon from Disney as to who the new director is.
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