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Matthew Vaughn is becoming evermore busy, working on a range of films from the upcoming superhero flick Fantastic Four (of which he produced) dropping later this year, to his writing/directing/producing of Kingsman: The Secret Service, slated for release next week. While it's safe to say those projects have been keeping him busy, he still found some time to speculate on the potential of directing a couple very iconic franchises. We're talking "Wormie" and "Indy" big!
The Kingsman director has already racked up a heck of a resume over the years and having more recently directed X-Men: First Class, he knows a thing or two about rebooting and how to handle beloved characters like Mystique, Professor X and Magneto. That said, when asked in a recent interview with Comicbook.com if he would be interested in directing an installment of the Star Wars or Indiana Jones franchises if either opportunity came his way, this is what he had to say:
If someone offered me Star Wars or Indiana Jones I would be very interested. When you’re the director, you just don’t know. Something clicks and you go, 'Yup, I wanna go make that story,' so never say, 'never,' to anything but right now I’m in the world of Kingsman so it’s really hard to think about anything else.
He went on to say he and fellow Kick-Ass collaborator Mark Millar (Wanted) grew up around the same time so both enjoy all the big 80s franchises like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and the above-mentioned Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Watching films like those three and four times a day was a regular occurrence for the two men, who look at what they're doing as filmmakers as recreating those types of films for a modern audience.
Vaughn has clearly been setting himself up with an end game in mind. He has certainly proved himself on many occasions, showing he knows how to handle massive material like that of the X-Men (director) and Fantastic Four (producer) franchises and not only come out unscathed but actually looking quite well, critically (re. to the former).
Vaughn got his humble beginnings as a producer working on films like Guy Ritchie's 1998 crime pic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels before launching his directorial debut Layer Cake in 2004. Since then, the sky has been the limit for the multi-talented director/producer. He's handled a range of genres including fantasy Stardust, comicbook Kick-Ass, crime drama Harry Brown, and action adventure Kingman: The Secret Service. It's likely only a matter of time before he moves into Star Wars (which he was already rumored for earlier) and Indiana Jones territory. That's assuming, with regards to Indy, however, that Spielberg and Lucas would eventually be willing to give up the reigns.
Vaughn's latest directorial effort Kingman: The Secret Service opens in theaters Feb. 13, 2015 aka Friday the 13th. Not so spooky in this context, is it?