Mark Millar’s ‘The Secret Service’ Penned By Matthew Vaughn
Hot on the heels of his first two superhero movie outings with ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’, English film director Matthew Vaughn has announced that he will be taking on the writing duties for ‘The Secret Service’. The comic series is a spy-thriller based on characters co-created by Vaunghn and Mark Millar. Vaughn will team with artist Dave Gibbons of ‘Watchmen’ fame on the title. And like Millar did on ‘Kick-Ass’, he is offering fans the opportunity to name the villain of ‘The Secret Service’ by participating in an online auction to benefit St. Bartholomew’s Primary School where Millar is an ex-student.
In addition to the comic series, Vaughn’s co-creator credit also gives him the film rights to ‘The Secret Service’. There is no word as to when, if ever, the series will make it to the screen seeing as it hasn’t even made its way to comic shelves yet. I guess it’ll be based on fan and critical reception when the comic releases in February 2012.
Millar’s ‘Superior’ A Possible Next Venture For Vaughn
While many Marvel Comics fans would love for Vaughn to head back to the director’s chair for a sequel to much praised ‘X-Men: First Class’, the director has other thoughts. Vaughn still holds the film rights to Millar’s ‘Superior’, a story of a seriously ill young boy who is given the powers of his favorite superhero. Vaughn will not be handling script duties on ‘Superior’, but merely supervising. While it hasn’t been confirmed that ‘Superior’ is the next film on Vaughn’s agenda, it does seem likely as the director did not like working under Marvel’s strict eye with ‘X-Men: First Class’. ‘First Class’ was Vaughn’s first foray into the realm of big studio filmmaking and word is he would rather stick to something like Millar’s work where he is allowed more creative freedom.
What would you like to see from Millar and Vaughn? More mutant goodness? Or one of these other series? Me? I’d like to see ‘Superior’ make it to the screen and I would hope that Hollywood isn’t afraid to let Vaughn take the film adaptation to the more un-politically correct places that the comic goes.