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Matthew Vaughn is already working away on a screenplay for Kingsman: The Secret Service 2, admitting he'll make the film if he can get the script to a place he's happy with. But it turns out that he's also involved in a third potential Kick-Ass movie.
Vaughn directed the first Kick-Ass, although opted to make X-Men: First Class rather than Kick-Ass 2 (which was taken on by Jeff Wadlow). The more muted response to the second film seemed to have brought the cinematic series to a close, but it still proved to be profitable, not least in part down to its economic budget.
Chatting to Yahoo!, Vaughn has now confirmed that "we're working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Bid Daddy". "If we can make that, »
Although you might imagine (and right now you'd be right) that Matthew Vaughn’s focus is on crafting a Kingsman sequel, he hasn’t totally forgotten the Kick-Ass universe, and has pretty big plans for what he wants to do with it.From the sounds of it, Vaughn was in agreement with those who felt like Jeff Wadlow’s 2013’s follow-up didn’t quite recapture the ribald magic of Vaughn’s first Kick-Ass. And he’s looking to take the series back in time before it can move forward. “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy,” he tells Yahoo UK. “If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to »
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s action-comedy Kick-Ass is a wonderfully subversive, thrilling spin on the superhero genre. Director Jeff Wadlow’s sequel, Kick-Ass 2, is an ugly, mean-spirited bore of a film. The anticipated follow-up was a flop with both audiences and critics when it hit theaters—even one of its stars refused to promote it. Vaughn was busy with X-Men/Kingsman at the time, which is why he didn’t return to direct, but it appears that there’s hope yet for a franchise turnaround in the future. Speaking with Yahoo! UK, Vaughn revealed that he’s still eager to dive back into the Kick-Ass universe: “I’m not happily done with the franchise, for sure. Kick-Ass is a really important film to me and I’m very proud of it, and we would like to dip our toe back into it—when I say ‘we’ I mean Mark [Millar] and I and the team. »
- Adam Chitwood
Matthew Vaughn has directed some of the most highly praised comic book movies of the last decade, including X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and this year's truly excellent Kingsman: The Secret Service. However, a running theme that has followed the British director is his tendency to avoid making sequels. While this didn't stop X-Men: Days Of Future Past from being great, Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass 2 had a much harder time living up to its beloved predecessor. For this reason, many fans of Kingsman have expressed their desire for Vaughn to return for the sequel. While he's currently writing a first treatment for the film, this would be an unprecedented move for the director. However, in an exiciting turn of events, Vaughn revealed to Yahoo! Movies that he would love to work with the characters again, and that he could end up breaking his own rule and helm Kingsman 2 - so »
Netflix left its mark at Cannes yesterday by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Kevin James action-comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. The purchase furthers the streaming service’s aggressive forays into feature distribution, especially given that the budget is said to be on the scale of other James titles, including Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Zookeeper.
Under the terms of the deal, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be presented as a “Netflix event,” debuting exclusively on the streaming service next year and entirely circumventing a theatrical release. Major theater chains like AMC and Regal have been vocal in their opposition to Netflix failing to observe the traditional release model of a theatrical bow followed by home media release, so one can imagine those companies are none-too-happy to hear about the streaming service’s latest acquisition.
- Isaac Feldberg
After much debate in the run-up to and at the Cannes Film Festival about its impact on the film business, Netflix finally got out its checkbook and acquired a film: Kevin James comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Hit Man. It will be produced and financed by Merced Media and Palmstar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, puts away the Segway and plays a mild-mannered… »
Netflix has made its first big splash at the Cannes Film Festival by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Kevin James comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” Variety has learned.
The purchase, which is in final negotiations, is a formidable coup for Netflix as it continues to build on its reputation in the realm of distributing original films.
Under the deal, “Assassin” will be presented as a Netflix event in 2016, meaning it will debut exclusively on the streaming service and not in theaters. The budget for the production will be considerable, according to a source, and on par with other James movies made by major studios like Sony Pictures. The figures for the deal were not disclosed.
In the comedy, James plays an accountant mistaken for an assassin when a novel he’s writing is accidentally published as nonfiction, forcing him to flee to Belize. “Assassin” will »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Unless you are a committed X-Men fan, we imagine your first thought was: 'Who are the New Mutants?'
Not wanting to see you left in the dark, here is our beginner's guide to everything you need to know about the New Mutants:
Simply put, the New Mutants was a training group for young X-Men.
The New Mutants comic was introduced at the height of the '80s X-Men craze, when Marvel's mighty mutants were the biggest property in comics.
High Wire Act
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to star in the action thriller "High Wire Act" for Radar Pictures. Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9") helms from a script by Tony Gilroy. Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce.
Hamm plays a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who must save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family's death. [Source: Screen]
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin
The story follows a mild-mannered accountant and fledgling author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. »
- Garth Franklin
Kevin James.s latest comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, may not be the runaway success of the previous film, but it.s found decent box office success, raking in $76 million worldwide so far. We.re used to seeing him as a schluby, bumbling everyman, but for his next role, James is up to something very different, playing a real life assassin, or at least someone mistaken for one. Deadline reports that the star of such films as Here Comes the Boom and Grown Ups is set to headline The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Jeff Wadlow, who helmed the superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2, will direct. The script comes from Jeff Morris, and landed on a recent edition of the Black List, an annual collection of the best, as-yet-unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood. That right there is enough to indicate that this movie, if handled in the right way, »
Fresh off of saving the day in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Kevin James is getting called to action-hero greatness once more. James is set to star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, about a normal dude who gets mixed up in a crazy assassination plot. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) will direct the action-comedy […]
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- Angie Han
Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
Kevin James will play a mild-mannered accountant who is mistaken for a killer and becomes embroiled in an assassination plot in Belize after his novel about a hitman is published as a true story.
Merced Media, the $500m fund launched late last year by »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After stinking up the multiplex with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 last month, is Kevin James finally searching for critical redemption? Nah, don’t think so. The actor has signed on to star in comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, with Blart producer Todd Garner returning in the same capacity and Jeff Sussman (Zookeeper) exec-producing.
The pic, to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, the upcoming Masters of the Universe) from a Black List script by Jeff Morris, will center on a bumbling, mild-mannered accountant who tries his hand at novel-writing, only for his book about an international assassin to top the charts – as a non-fiction memoir. Bombarded by publicity and unsure of how to deal with a world that now believes him to be a stone-cold killer, he vacations in Belize. Predictably, he ends up snared in an actual assassination plot in the Central American country »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a pre-Cannes move, Kevin James has come on board to star in action-comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group, with production starting in September.
Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Good Universe will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes market. Wme is handling U.S. rights.
Todd Garner and Kevin Frakes will produce alongside Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media. Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick will exec produce.
James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, »
- Dave McNary
Kevin James will star in “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” which Jeff Wadlow will direct from an original Black List script by Jeff Morris, it was announced Wednesday by Merced Media principal and PalmStar Media CEO Kevin Frakes. James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. Thrown into a world of real danger, he must find a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Breaking: Kevin James is set to star in The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin, a comedy that will be produced and financed by Merced Media and PalmStar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, will put away the Segway and play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin… »
Despite Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bringing in substantially less than the first film, Kevin James will continue to get leading roles in major studio projects that play on his heavyset man-child shtick that doesn't seem to entertain anyone. Now, a screenplay on the prestigious Black List will become a star vehicle for James and will be directed by Kick-ass 2's Jeff Wadlow. Deadline reports that Kevin James will play the lead role in The True Memoirs Of An International »
- Alex Maidy
We’re excited about Valiant! The comics publisher does superheroes with a slightly more sci-fi bend, designed for fans looking for more sophisticated superhero adventures, and now their comic book heroes are heading to the multiplex. Sony announced a five-film Valiant package that kicks off with Bloodshot in 2017, a Bloodshot sequel, two movies based on the comic Harbinger, and a crossover event film titled Harbinger Wars. There’s already a slew of behind-the-scenes talent lined up for Bloodshot, according to Heat Vision. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (John Wick) are slated to direct from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class) and Jason Kothari will executive produce at least this first film, while Neal Moritz...
- John Gholson
In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great. For those who don't know, Bloodshot follows a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory, not unlike a fantastical version of The Bourne Identity or a less hellish version of Spawn. This project has »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in March comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment announced that it is set to bring its properties to the big screen with the “largest independent superhero universe” in the world, and now we have details of the first two movies in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are set to direct Bloodshot for release in 2017, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) penning the script and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: the Secret Service) executive producing. The film is based on the comic book of the same name, which tells the story of a soldier brought back from the dead as a weapon for a mysterious government agency.
Following Bloodshot will be an adaptation of Harbinger, which revolves around a group of super powered teen outcasts on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Eric Heisserer will write the script, but as »
- Gary Collinson
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