Matthew Vaughn Developing Yet Another Superhero Property With Mark Millar

Recently, we reported that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn snatched up the rights to Mark Millar’s Superior as he contemplates follow-up projects to the Marvel origin story. Not content with having one Millar project waiting in the wings, we’re now hearing that Vaughn’s grabbing another.

Don’t worry, Vaughn fans. It’s still a superhero property. Vaughn, Millar and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) have collaborated on a comic book series titled The Secret Service, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn holds the film rights to the material.

Both comic properties are in the early stages of development, and THR says Vaughn would like to tackle the script for Secret Service if he decides to go in that direction as his next project (though the trade has no details on that story’s plot).

Many of us (myself included) wanted to see Vaughn continue with Kick-Ass and deliver a kick-ass (sorry) sequel. But Millar admitted recently that the success of First Class and the first Kick-Ass likely made Vaughn too expensive for the low-budget franchise. At least we can take some comfort in the fact that the director, who started on Layer Cake and briefly branched into fantasy with the underrated Stardust, wants to stay in the comic-book realm. Because Kick-Ass and his X-Men prequel proved that he has a lot to say on such material, and has yet to run out of clever ways in which to say it.

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