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A Sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service Greenlit With Fox

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The Matthew Vaughn film adaptation, Kingsman: The Secret Service, has officially gotten the greenlight for a sequel from Fox.

Currently, there are no details on what a sequel would entail. Vaughn has stated in previous interviews that he could see a sequel tackling an American version of Kingsman. So it is possible that now that the sequel is in the works officially, that is the way it will be headed.

Vaughn has also not commented on whether he will return for the sequel. However, he has not returned for the sequels of his other films so it isn’t looking good. He didn’t direct the sequels to both Kick-Ass and First Class despite advocating those films be made.

Kingsman: The Secret Service pulled in an impressive $400 million globally. The film was based on the comic book written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

 

“Hit-Girl” Centric Movie May Happen

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Matthew Vaughn, the director behind the successful “Kick-Ass” movies has revealed recently that he has been flirting with the idea of a standalone prequel to  Kick-Ass featuring Hit-Girl.

Vaughn spoke about the idea during a press tour for his recent release, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is now in theaters. He said that the “Kick-Ass” franchise is currently stalled due to the way the last film and he thinks it’s time for a change. Though the idea of a prequel starring Chloe Grace Moretz, who played Hit-Girl in the two films, is not likely as the actress recently turned 18. She was 12 when she filmed the first movie.

Regardless Vaughn said this about his plans for continuing the franchise:

“Do you know what’s going to be next if I do it … we’ve finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we’ve got to do the X-Men: First Class to the Kick-Ass world. We lost a few fans on Kick-Ass 2. It wasn’t as loved as one would’ve hoped.

So we have this idea for a Hit-Girl prequel. It’s a really strong, really simple prequel where I think we can regain the love and the passion. If that happens, I’m pretty sure I can persuade Aaron and Chloe to come back and finish the story of Kick-Asswith Kick-Ass 3.

Mark and I have already plotted Hit-Girl. We have to get the script done next. It’s so far out there, you have no idea.”

Hit-Girl was the most popular character of the franchise and would likely be the reason another movie would be given a greenlight despite Kick-Ass 2 not faring well in the box office.

Vaughn also revealed he would not return to direct the series.

The Secret Service Adaptation May Add Colin Firth

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Coling Firth is currently in talks to join and star in the  big screen adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book series, “The Secret Service.” Matthew Vaughn, who also adapted the Millar comic series “Kick-Ass” has co-written the screenplay with Jane Goldman and will also direct and produce the project through his MARV Films banner. Continue reading

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No Matthew Vaughn for ‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel

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Matthew Vaughn directed the successful prequel X-Men: First Class, produced by Bryan Singer. New news suggests Singer may direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Vaughn moving to the producer’s chair.

The project is a big deal for 20th Century Fox and it seems like a logical choice to move from Vaughn to Singer now that Vaughn has stepped aside. Singer was behind X-Men and X2 as a director and writer. He first hit my radar screen with the crime drama The Usual Suspects, which he directed very well.

Vaughn’s influence won’t go missing on the Days of Future Past set, however. He wrote the film’s treatment. It was based on a script by Simon Kinberg, who will now follow suite in the game of musical chairs behind the picture to produce the movie alongside Lauren Shuler Donner.

Matthew Vaughn isn’t going on hiatus instead of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past. On the contrary, he’ll be hard at work on something else, and the rumor mill suggests that the something else might just be the Mark Millar adaptation, Secret Service.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past script is already complete. Returning with the sequel are actors Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. The tentative release date is July 18th, 2014 release date. McAvoy recently voiced Arthur Christmas.

Nabbing Bryan Singer as director to replace Vaughn is not yet set in stone. I’m sure fans will agree that he’s a great choice, but we can’t count on him accepting just yet. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. His fairy tale adventure Jack the Giant Slayer starring Beast actor Nicholas Hoult, will debut from Warner Bros. on March 1st, 2013.

As for Vaughn, he is also directing Kick-Ass 2 film, which has been making headlines. We just recently released the film’s official synopsis. What is interesting about that project is that Jim Carrey has joined the cast.

I really enjoyed First Class and I’m especially excited about the sequel. The Days of Future Past storyline in the comics was dark and dramatic and we have yet to see something so nuanced come to the big screen, with the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. The storyline in the sequel would involve a sinister future being revealed to the current members of the X-Men team. Believe me, they won’t like what they see.

What is further interesting to me has been the talk of other X-Men franchise characters returning to explore their origin stories. I thought of First Class as more of a reboot than a prequel, but it looks like I’m a little flawed in that line of thinking. We did, after all, see a glimpse of Rebecca Romijn in the film, though Jennifer Lawrence had taken over the role. That more than hints at the connection between the first X-films to the latest ones.

Rose Byrne and January Jones have also expressed their interest in returning to their roles.

It was Brett Ratner who directed the third film in the franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. Might he be in the running for director if Bryan Singer doesn’t sign the dotted line?

Kick-Ass 2 Moving Forward With New Director

Universal Pictures is in talks to make Kick-Ass 2, with Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) directing his own screenplay. Mark Millar is also expected to write for the sequel, according to IMDb.com.

Kick-Ass, released in 2010, was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The first installment was directed by Matthew Vaughn. It made $28 million and grossed $48.1 million domestic and $103 million worldwide.

The previous director, Vaughn, cannot direct the sequel because he is committed to a follow-up to X-Men: First Class, but is fully supportive of the change, according to Deadline.com.

IMDB lists the sequel as Kick-Ass 2: Balls 2 the Wall. The comic book sequel also listed it as their working title before becoming simply, “Kick-Ass 2.”

It is not yet known whether original cast members Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico/Red Mist) will reprise their roles. Although they have all expressed interest in continuing the series.

No other details have been released.

For those interested in catching up before the sequel, the official plot synopsis of the original book follows.

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to kick some ass? Well, this is the book for you – the comic that starts where other superhero books draw the line. Kick-Ass is realistic superheroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you’re an idiot! Wolverine: Enemy of the State’s team of Mark Millar (Civil War) and John Romita Jr. (World War Hulk) reunite for the best new book of the 21st century. This title collects Kick-Ass numbered 1-8.”

And the synopsis for Kick-Ass 2:

KICK-ASS is back, just as over-the-top as ever! As everybody’s favorite psychotic 11-year-old HIT GIRL trains KICK-ASS to be…well, a bad-ass, RED MIST gathers a team of super-villains to take them down! It’s super hero mayhem as only MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA JR. can bring you!”

Both books are available at Amazon.com.