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The filmmaker exited the 20th Century Fox project in favour of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
"Then I was working on Days of Future Past, and I'd finished the treatment," he told IGN. "Then the [Kingsman] script fell out of me - just one of those things.
"I remember Fox going, 'What are you talking about?' because the two scripts came in at the same time. I was like, 'Aw, s**t'. It was a really tough decision whether to do Days of Future Past or do this.
"But then I was like, 'F**k, somebody else is going to wake up and do a fun spy movie. Then I will have written a bloody »
Where does Jennifer Lawrence think Mystique is as X-Men Apocalypse starts? When did Chadwick Boseman agree to be Black Panther? Will the Gotham producers kill any major characters? Why did Matthew Vaughn do Kingsman instead of X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to hear the Warner Bros. CEO describe why they announced their DC Comics […]
- Germain Lussier
When X-Men: First Class came out, it did a lot of reignite the appetite of the franchise's fans. After X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, people had started to lose faith in the series. When Matthew Vaughn stepped in to direct, with Bryan Singer serving as a "Godfather" producer returning to the series he helped launch, there was a spark of promise for the fans. That promise lead to a film that was very well-received and, effectively, revived the cinematic X-Men.
Considering First Class was a soft reboot, many expected Vaughn to direct its follow-up to continue to move the pieces in a new direction. That was the plan. He was preparing for X-Men: Days of Future Past when, suddenly, news broke that he had stepped away from the project. Why the change of heart? Why step away from a film that was sure to be huge?
- Mario-Francisco Robles
X-Men: First Class is viewed by many as the best X-Men movie to date despite some major changes to the source material. Michael Fassbender's performance, a version of the classic yellow and blue costumes, and the compelling story really help it stand out from past instalments, so the news that Matthew Vaughn wouldn't be back to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past was obviously met with a great deal of disappointment from moviegoers and fans alike. Of course, Bryan Singer would return and gave us an equally good outing for the X-Men, but why did Vaughn decide not to come back for the "inbetweenquel" by instead deciding to focus on Kingsman: The Secret Service? "It started in a pub with Mark, and we were drunk," Vaughn revealed in an interview with IGN Movies, referring to The Secret Service's comic book writer, Mark Millar (who created the series alongside »
Though much of the cast from both X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past will return for 2016’s trilogy capper X-Men: Apocalypse, there are several major roles that will be filled by franchise newcomers, namely those of present-day X-Men team leaders Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, and Jean Grey. Though James Marsden and Famke Janssen play Cyclops and Jean in the first few X-Men films, younger actors will take their place in Apocalypse, as it takes place in the 1980s, which is twenty or so years before the events of the first X-Men movie.
Thanks to TheWrap, we now have a new shortlist of actors for both Cyclops and Jean Grey, and they give us a good idea of how director Bryan Singer will cast the parts this time around. Three actors have been named as contenders for each role: Kick-Ass and Carrie star Chloe Grace Moretz, Maleficent »
- James Garcia
We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series. Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel. However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of Dofp and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants. Which mutants, you may ask? Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are »
- Adam Chitwood
With all the release date shuffling Matthew Vaughn‘s latest film has endured, one could assume it is no good. The film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, had multiple release dates before settling on February 13, 2015 in the U.S. Usually that’s a sign of weakness, but perhaps not in this case. Based on a comic written […]
- Germain Lussier
Fox recently held a screening for their Kingsman: The Secret Service, and several people have tweeted their thoughts on the upcoming film. Based on Mark Millar's The Secret Service comic book series, the Matthew Vaughn movie stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, and if you love the comics, you'll be happy to hear first reactions to the film version are very positive. Most seemed to have a blast with Kingsman: The Secret Service, however a »
- Jesse Giroux
20th Century Fox has begun screening Matthew Vaughn's ("X-Men: First Class") latest comic book movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and some of the lucky few have tweeted their initial reactions. The majority of the comments sound quite promising, if you love films that take full advantage of their R-ratings, which I do. I'm just so tired of films that play it safe, trying to garner that coveted PG-13 rating. I understand the benefits of PG-13 at the box office, as more people can go and view the film, but films were intended to entertain people not dance for the MPAA. So, when I see genuinely positive comments describing Kingsman as "jaw-droppingly violent" and "utterly demented" I get excited, and so should you. My favorite comment comes from Empire's Nick de Semlyen, who said, "Kingsman is to Bond what Kick-Ass was to Spider-Man." Sounds good to me. #Kingsman: by no means perfect, »
In the wake of the Doctor Doom news, we look at what we know about the Fantastic Four reboot so far...
This article contains mild spoilers for 2015's Fantastic Four movie.
Over the past day or so, news surfaced about Doctor Doom, the villain in the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Actor Toby Kebbell, who plays him, revealed that his Doom would be very different from the one in the Marvel comics; the character is, he said, an “anti-social programmer” and blogger whose internet handle happens to be - you’ve guessed it - Doom.
Needless to say, this latest sliver of news hasn’t gone down especially well in some quarters, and comments sections on websites all over the world are full of jokes like “Fantastic 4Chan”. For Fox, this seems to be the latest in a string of poorly-received news stories, and all from a project which - on »
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
Spoilers: There's nothing heavy in here, but inevitably light spoilers, based on what we know from the comics, and a released synopsis.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now most certainly set and ready to take the box office by storm in summer 2016, with Bryan Singer back on board to direct the film that he first announced on his very own Twitter page. And as the follow-up to the most successful X-Men movie of all time, this past summer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the new upcoming X-gene adventure is sure to be the most anticipated cinematic event in the saga yet.
So what do we know about the film? Glad you asked. Here's everything we've gleaned so far...
The Production Of X-Men: Apocalypse
Remarkably indicating changing attitudes »
On July 7th 2017, the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, currently going by the title of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will be sailing into cinemas. Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the movie, and it's already been confirmed that Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will be directing.
What hasn't been confirmed is what newcomers will be co-starring alongside Depp, and Deadline reports that there's quite a line-up for a new young male lead role in the film.
The casting shortlist is said to include Taron Egerton (soon to be seen in Matthew Vaughn's film of Kingsman: The Secret Service), George Mackay (last seen in Pride), Brendon Thwaites (Maleficent), Mitchell Hope (from the TV movie »
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at director Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, starring Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Peter O'Toole, »
- Paul Shirey
Increasingly, studios want you to stream or buy your own digital copy of feature films and to entice you, that edition is being made weeks prior to the physical disc being available for purchase. In an effort to direct viewer buying and viewing habits, studios are also shifting review copies from disc to high definition download. My first encounter with this brave new world, ironically enough, comes with 20th Century Home Entertainment’s current release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sprawling, epic film from May. The biggest drawback is making certain you have enough hard disc storage for the mammoth file and a set-up that allows you to watch on a huge screen. Lacking that, I watched the film on my 24” external monitor and while the image was crisp and the audio clear enough (although maybe I need to upgrade my speakers); it needs a bigger screen to properly appreciate. »
- Robert Greenberger
Thanks to Universo X-Men, we have some concept art from what Bryan Singer's take on "The Dark Phoenix Saga" would have looked like had he not chosen to helm Superman Returns instead of X-Men 3. Writer Simon Kinberg has expressed his regret over how the movie turned out (especially as it's one of his favourite story arcs), and it seems clear that Singer's version would have been far superior to what Brett Ratner came up with in the short amount of time he had to prepare when he boarded the project following Matthew Vaughn's last-minute departure. These designs and the level of destruction are vastly superior to what we ended up getting in the final movie, and I strongly recommend heading on over to the site by clicking on the link below for more concept art! »
The Ride Along actor has been cast in the project, which is back on track according to Allocine (via The Playlist).
The film will remake the French comedy drama, which was based on the true story of the developing relationship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver.
Hart will next be seen in The Wedding Ringer.
In just a couple weeks, you'll be able to bring home X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-Ray and DVD, and while you'll be able to check out a slew of featurettes going behind the scenes of this past summer's time traveling blockbuster, you won't find this little gem on there. A visual effects breakdown from Digital Domain (via io9) has surfaced online, showing off the impressive work done in post-production. Though I wish there was explanation about what we see and how it's done, there are some cool tidbits, like seeing how each scale on Mystique's body moves when she transforms, or how various composite shots of Jennifer Lawrence fighting and changing into someone else visually come together. It's all very cool to see. Watch! Here's Digital Domain's visual effects reel for X-Men: Days of Future Past (via io9): X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by »
- Ethan Anderton
X-Men: Apocalypse will serve as the concluding chapter in a trilogy that began with First Class.
"The thrust of [Apocalypse] is really to complete the trilogy we began with First Class - to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik," he told Yahoo (via Cbr).
"And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films in sort of disparate and in different worlds - even if they knew each other, in the case of Charles and Raven.
"We've followed them over what will be the span of decades... So really that'll be the thrust of that film. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven't seen... ever... but it'll be the completion of what we began in First Class. »
Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John Wells’ Bradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.
Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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