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Mark Millar reveals the real reason for Matthew Vaughn's exit from X-Men sequel; hint, it wasn't for Star Wars

11.07.2012

Well, it seems you can put those Matthew Vaughn helming Star Wars VII rumors to bed...for now.  As we reported earlier when Vaughn left X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, it was to shoot Mark Millar's THE SECRET SERVICE, which was what was implied.  Now, Millar is confirming the reason for Vaughn's departure from the franchise, which seems to be more about timeliness than anything else. 

From Millar, speaking ot CBR:

"What we're doing is that 'Kick-Ass 2' is filming now, and next year we'll start production on 'Secret Service' which I did with Dave Gibbons, and Matthew and I have been talking about that for years," he said. "We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of 'Secret Service' in the works. People think you're lying when you say you're not trying to get your comics made into movies so quickly, but the two reasons it happens like that is first because it's the best ad for the comic you'll ever have. And for me, selling the book is the most important thing. The second reason is because people are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, 'Fuck this. We're not letting anyone steal our ideas.'"

Now, does this mean Vaughn could never film a Star Wars film?  Of course not!  With Disney's plan to basically flood the world with Star Wars films on a regular basis, it would seem that there's plenty of possibilities for young filmmakers like Vaughn to tackle the galaxy far, far away.  Just not for episode VII. 

For those unfamiliar with THE SECRET SERVICE, it's basically a James Bond inspired tale, only with James Bond turning a street hoodlum into a superspy.  Think POINT OF NO RETURN meets JAMES BOND and you've got a decent formula there.  The comic is fun, but I wouldn't call it extraordinary.  Thus far, it's been a slow burn, but I do keep reading, so there's that.  Vaughn is a good fit for the material and I have no doubt he'll deliver a good romp as he did with the first KICK ASS, but I feel like he should be tackling better material.  He's got the talent for bigger and better things, I think.

Millar's KICK ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL is slated to hit theaters on June 28, 2013, while X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, now directed by Bryan Singer, will open July 18, 2014.  No new details on the production of THE SECRET SERVICE, but I expect we'll hear more very soon.  Stay tuned.

And here's a snippet from THE SECRET SERVICE comic, featuring Mark Hamill...

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Extra Tidbit: Are you happy with Vaughn tackling The Secret Service or would you rather him stuck with X-Men? Or forgo both and do Star Wars?

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12:43PM on 11/07/2012
Thats too bad. I am way more interested in X-Men than The Secret Service (or most of Millar's indie work for that matter )
Thats too bad. I am way more interested in X-Men than The Secret Service (or most of Millar's indie work for that matter )
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12:47PM on 11/07/2012
Secret Service is a fun read but not as fun as Hit Girl or Nemesis. Although I like them Secret Service and Super Crooks both feel like rushed same old stories. I personally think Vaughn should have stuck with X Men but that is just me. I'll still watch any movie this guy makes regardless of the premise or franchise.
Secret Service is a fun read but not as fun as Hit Girl or Nemesis. Although I like them Secret Service and Super Crooks both feel like rushed same old stories. I personally think Vaughn should have stuck with X Men but that is just me. I'll still watch any movie this guy makes regardless of the premise or franchise.
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12:49PM on 11/07/2012

I'm okay with Vaughn not doing Days of Future Past...

...if the guy is not fully commited to it. If he decided to go with it thinking "I should be doing that other project" while he's at it, that'd be a mistake. So, I'm thrilled to see Singer come back home. After all, he started it all and had a giant foot in First Class to begin with. Let's hope for the best.
...if the guy is not fully commited to it. If he decided to go with it thinking "I should be doing that other project" while he's at it, that'd be a mistake. So, I'm thrilled to see Singer come back home. After all, he started it all and had a giant foot in First Class to begin with. Let's hope for the best.
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1:37PM on 11/07/2012
I think the comic is quite bad.. unoriginal, and just very bland filled with unlikeable characters. Won't be surprised to see Vaughn turn it into a better movie much like he did with Kick-Ass. (although I did enjoy the Kick-Ass comic). i'd rather him direct X-Men.
I think the comic is quite bad.. unoriginal, and just very bland filled with unlikeable characters. Won't be surprised to see Vaughn turn it into a better movie much like he did with Kick-Ass. (although I did enjoy the Kick-Ass comic). i'd rather him direct X-Men.
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3:48PM on 11/07/2012
You know for some reason I never picked up Nemesis, I'll look into getting it. And yes, I think he has it in him. Disappointed and confused though why he chose Secret Service instead, after committing to Days of Future Past. Oh well.
You know for some reason I never picked up Nemesis, I'll look into getting it. And yes, I think he has it in him. Disappointed and confused though why he chose Secret Service instead, after committing to Days of Future Past. Oh well.
3:24PM on 11/07/2012
I would prefer to see Nemesis above all of them, but Superior would be better than Secret Service or Supercrooks. I will likely drop Secret Service after the next ish. It's gone nowhere, really. Again, I hope Vaughn can make it something worthwhile. In the end, I think Vaughn is better suited for the X-Men sequel or something else entirely.
I would prefer to see Nemesis above all of them, but Superior would be better than Secret Service or Supercrooks. I will likely drop Secret Service after the next ish. It's gone nowhere, really. Again, I hope Vaughn can make it something worthwhile. In the end, I think Vaughn is better suited for the X-Men sequel or something else entirely.
2:49PM on 11/07/2012
Agreed, Gibbons is why I picked it up in the first place. I gave it a few chances, not worth it. But yes I'll pick up anything Kick Ass. Also, I really dig Superior, it's fun. I'd rather see Vaughn adapt that one.
Agreed, Gibbons is why I picked it up in the first place. I gave it a few chances, not worth it. But yes I'll pick up anything Kick Ass. Also, I really dig Superior, it's fun. I'd rather see Vaughn adapt that one.
2:15PM on 11/07/2012
@markgrayson...I tend to agree. Secret Service and Supercrooks are two of Millar's most bland books to date. The appeal for me was Dave Gibbons and Lienil Yu on each title, respectively, but the art can't save the blah. I think Vaughn will likely make it much more fun than it's portrayed in the book. The Kick Ass/Kick Ass 2/Hitgirl comics are still solid, though, IMO. Those never lost steam for me and continue to rock.
@markgrayson...I tend to agree. Secret Service and Supercrooks are two of Millar's most bland books to date. The appeal for me was Dave Gibbons and Lienil Yu on each title, respectively, but the art can't save the blah. I think Vaughn will likely make it much more fun than it's portrayed in the book. The Kick Ass/Kick Ass 2/Hitgirl comics are still solid, though, IMO. Those never lost steam for me and continue to rock.
5:56PM on 11/07/2012

Never read Secret Service so I have no real opinion on this news in particular but....

I'd love to see a Nemesis movie get made. Johnny Depp would be amazing in the role.
I'd love to see a Nemesis movie get made. Johnny Depp would be amazing in the role.
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12:56AM on 11/08/2012
Yeah he should of stuck with the bigger franchise X-Men.
I have only ready 4 issues of SS then dropped it.
I am more interested in a Nemesis movie being made, that is more hardcore.
Yeah he should of stuck with the bigger franchise X-Men.
I have only ready 4 issues of SS then dropped it.
I am more interested in a Nemesis movie being made, that is more hardcore.
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10:28AM on 11/08/2012
If he has a legitimate shot at Star Wars he should go for that. or stayed on Xmen... this Secret Service sounds rather bleh.
If he has a legitimate shot at Star Wars he should go for that. or stayed on Xmen... this Secret Service sounds rather bleh.
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