When X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn passed on X-Men: Days of Future Past, we all knew he had a good reason for it, and that reason has now been revealed.
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has been “scrapping” with Universal over distribution rights to a movie adaptation of The Secret Service, and Fox have now won the battle. The Secret Service is a comic book series written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Deadline describes the story as “The drama closely follows the comic, about a veteran secret agent who leads a young protege into the shadowy business”
Matthew Vaughn will be directing the adaptation, and both he and Jane Goldman have already finished the script. Fox announced earlier today that the film is set for a release date of November 14th 2014.
Describing how the film came about,Millar explained in a recent interview about just what we can expect from The Secret Service:
“This all started when Matthew Vaughn and I were talking about ‘Casino Royale’ a couple of years back in the pub between breaks on ‘Kick-Ass…We loved the movie, but wondered why they didn’t do all the stuff where he learned how to be James Bond. We’ve both got a couple of friends in special forces, both here and in the US, and even the real life training, without any artistic license, is really incredible set-piece stuff. If you ramp it up a little, it makes for some incredible scenes in a comic and in a movie.”