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Matthew Vaughn Lands Rights To Max Barry's Upcoming 'Lexicon'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 31, 2012 9:05 AM
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Director Matthew Vaughn has been trafficking almost exclusively in comic book adaptations over the past few years, establishing franchises with 2010's "Kick-Ass" and last year's "X-Men: First Class." While Fox has Vaughn returning to direct the 'First Class' sequel, he'll still be involved in producing "Kick-Ass 2," and has optioned the rights to a couple of 'Kick-Ass' co-creator Mark Millar's other comic book properties, namely "The Secret Service" and "Superior." But it looks like Vaughn has aspirations outside of the comic book milieu, purchasing the rights to the upcoming novel "Lexicon" from author Max Barry with his own money.

Jane Goldman Adapting Eisner Award-Winning Comic 'Nonplayer' For Warner Bros.

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 2, 2012 9:56 AM
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Beloved and beautiful geek scribe Jane Goldman has her hands full. In addition to penning this weekend's gothic Hammer horror story "The Woman In Black," she's lined up a number of big projects. And while there's a chance one of them may or may not be involved in the forthcoming "X-Men: First Class" sequel, she may have bigger fish to fry.

Matthew Vaughn Will Return To Direct 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 1:01 PM
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Well, the wheels were in motion and it was probably just a matter of time. Last fall you'll remember that much to the chagrin of fans everywhere, "X-Men: The Last Stand" writer Simon Kinberg was hired to pen the sequel to "X-Men: First Class." While the film was ultimately a bit of a disappointment for Fox -- it's still the lowest grossing effort in the series -- it at least won back the fanboys to the franchise who had given up after 'Last Stand' and the flat out awful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And with it's main cast -- Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy -- all set to become bigger stars in the next year or so, it's a no-brainer to put them all in the same movie again (especially if they're contractually obligated). Now, one more factor in the qualitative success of 'First Class' is back.

Matthew Vaughn Eyes Adaptations Of Mark Millar's 'Superior' & 'The Secret Service'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 12:31 PM
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Even though "X-Men: First Class" was a big hit, earning over $350 million worldwide, Matthew Vaughn has kept a low profile since the summer with barely a peep out of the director. He's likely been recharging his batteries after a whirlwind production and press tour that saw him rushing to get the superhero movie locked in time, all while talking to basically everybody on the planet about the film. While there was much talk of a '70s or '80s set 'First Class' sequel in the run up to the film's release, that chatter has pretty much died off. While Fox has "The Wolverine" on deck for their next trip in to the 'X-Men' franchise, Vaughn is beginning to consider what he'll do next and he's looking to "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar once again, with two potential projects lining up as possibilities.

Good News/Bad News: 'X-Men: First Class' Blu-Ray/DVD Will Feature 13 (Short) Deleted Scenes

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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"X-Men: First Class" has grossed $132 million since its June 3rd release, so why wouldn't 20th Century Fox start leaking details about the eventual Blu-ray/DVD release? According to Bleeding Cool, via Cinema Blend, the "First Class" Blu-ray and DVD will include 13 deleted scenes which is enough to make the front of any fanboy's pants tighten. That's the good news. The bad news is the scenes will total less than 14 minutes of additional footage. Yes, that is the sound of wind being taken out of your sails.

'X-Men: First Class': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 5:47 AM
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By this point, it's more than likely that you've checked out "X-Men: First Class" (although its underwhelming box office suggests that there were fewer of you than we thought). And, if the film's strong exit scores are anything to go by, you, like most of The Playlist team, found it as entertaining a superhero movie as any in the last few years: fresh, exciting and well-directed, with a brace of star-making performances, it's certainly given a much-needed kick up the ass to a franchise that's had two awful entries in a row.

Brett Ratner Quietly Fights Back On Twitter After Matthew Vaughn Trashes 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:23 AM
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Update: Snarky or sincere? Brett Ratner tweeted today, "I was the first one on line to see X Men First Class and I loved it.. I thought Matthew. Vaughn did a briliant job!! Congrats." Please note, the avant garde punctuation is all Ratner.

Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About 'X-Men First Class'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2011 6:47 AM
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"X" marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and "X-Men: First Class" has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the 'X-Men' series ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men: First Class," is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer's much beloved "X2" (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. 'First Class' was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture -- also considering the myriad story threads -- is not only a major comfort, it's a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of "X-Men: First Class," but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn't cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film's arrival is good news to everyone.

Matthew Vaughn Admits Take That In 'First Class' For "Pure Commerce" & To Attract Women To The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 1:40 AM
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Reveals That He's Still Thinking About A 'Kick-Ass' Sequel'It has been a pretty excellent week for candid director interviews. If you haven't seen it, Dave Poland's interview with Todd Phillips is practically a classic with the helmer spending the opening minutes of the interview ripping into the movie blogger and then fast forward to the end where it caps it off particularly memorably. And with "X-Men: First Class" coming out next week, Matthew Vaughn has hit the press circuit and been dropping truth bombs all over the place, not hiding from the various queries that have come his way.

Matthew Vaughn Says 'Kick-Ass 2' Would Be "Crass" & Had No Idea Who His Crew Was On 'First Class'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 7:20 AM
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Disses Brett Ratner's 'X3' Revealing His Version Would've Been 40 Minutes LongerAs long as someone will listen to him, "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar will talk and more than likely, it will be bullshit. He spent much of last year telling anyone and everyone that "Kick-Ass 2" was a sure thing. No one really believed him anyway, but earlier this year screenwriter Jane Goldman tweeted, “Saw a few erroneous reports today that I’m currently writing Kick Ass 2 script – sorry if anyone’s disappointed, but not true.” She went on to add, “Currently writing for 2 other projects, then on to lovely Matthew [Vaughn]’s next thing (right now, looks unlikely to be [‘Kick-Ass 2’]) when ‘X-Men’ post-prod’ ends.” So once again, Millar's hubris gets the best of him but it appears that of all the behind-the-camera talent on the comic movie, he's the only one who really wants to do it.

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