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The feature is adapted from Peter Ackroyd’s novel of the same name, and is set amidst the music halls of Victorian London.
The story follows a Jack the Ripper-style serial killer nicknamed the Limehouse Golem. Jane Goldman ("Kick Ass," "X-Men: First Class") penned the script and Stephen Woolley ("The Crying Game") will produce.
Shooting kicks off in the first quarter of 2014.
Source: Twitch »
- Garth Franklin
Fresh off a successful festival circuit run of his historical thriller Painless, director Juan Carlos Medina's next project will be an adaptation of the Peter Ackroyd novel, Dan Leno & the Limehouse Golem. Announced at the Cannes film festival today, the script is written by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), and will be produced by Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game, Byzantium). I read the book, a crime thriller set in the the dance halls and libraries of Victorian London, last year, and it is wonderfully dark and delicious. Ackroyd's work is full of great detail of the rich atmosphere of the era. Certainly, Victorian London has been seen a lot on film, but I think a fresh perspective, especially from a non-uk director, is...
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I'm not sure what I think of a live-action adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, especially if it were to be directed by Tim Burton, which was the original plan with Robert Downey Jr. set to star as Geppetto. As it turns out, that iteration of the story seems to have gone by the wayside, but now it seems Downey has a new helmer in line... his Tropic Thunder director and co-star, Ben Stiller. Recently Downey floated the idea to Sky Italia saying, "I would like to make it with Ben Stiller" and since then the rumor hasn't gone away to the point Deadline.com now reports Stiller is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the picture. As far as the story, Downey was quoted in the recent GQ profile on the actor saying: My first pitch! I got real excited about it. I was just thinking about Geppetto as »
- Brad Brevet
Over a year ago, fans of Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Burton had their world rocked when news surfaced that they were going to work on a new adaptation of Pinocchio. Burton was directing and Downey was playing Gipetto with a script from "Pushing Daisies" and "Dead Like Me" creator Bryan Fuller, rewritten by X-Men: First Class and Stardust co-writer Jane Goldman. However, Burton has since fallen away from the project, and Downey is waiting for a new director. While doing some press junkets for Iron Man 3, he was asked who he would like to direct, and Downey picked his Tropic Thunder director and co-star Ben Stiller. Now Deadline reports Stiller is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the film. The story of Pinocchio traces back to The Adventures of Pinocchio, an 1883 story by Carlo Collodi. Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, »
- Ethan Anderton
The last time Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr worked together, we got the shot of comic joy that was Tropic Thunder. It appears they’re eager to reunite, because Stiller is now in talks to direct Downey Jr in Pinocchio.When the Iron Man star attended CinemaCon a couple of weeks ago, he apparently pitched the idea to Stiller, who was pimping his new comic drama The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. No official negotiations have begun, but the pair are apparently already coming up with ideas.The film's been in development with Warner Bros. for a while now, with Tim Burton considering directing before passing on the idea when Downey Jr and producing partner Susan Downey decided to go in a different creative direction. Jane Goldman has written at least one draft of the script, but Deadline reports that other writers are being sought. This is not to »
The actor is in line to star in the Kick-Ass director's new project for his first comic-book movie
The Oscar-winning British actor is in line to play the uncle of the main character, a young tearaway from the mean streets of London recruited into a British spy school that turns out suave and sophisticated young agents in the vein of 007. Scottish writer Mark Millar, who wrote the six-issue comic book, has described the setup as "James Bond meets My Fair Lady". The Hollywood Reporter says Firth's character recruits his nephew into the service.
As well as directing, Vaughn has co-written the screenplay for the film with regular collaborator Jane Goldman. The trio worked together on the well-received 2010 superhero movie Kick-Ass, based onMillar's comic book of the same name. The Secret Service »
- Ben Child
The film is based on a Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book of the same name, which Vaughn has experience in, having directed Kick-ass. Vaughn co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman, and will direct the project through Marv Films.
The project is described as “…about a James Bond superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. Named ‘Uncle Jack’ in the comic, he mentors his nephew Gary in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent. Per Mark Millar, ‘This is James Bond meets My Fair Lady.’”
It’s heading for an August 14th, 2014 release date. Expect more news soon, including if they can get Mark Hamill to appear as himself, »
- Andy Greene
With "Kick-Ass 2" aiming for a August 16 release date, yet another Mark Millar property is headed to the big screen. "The Secret Service" is in the works with a script written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and the film has reportedly already found its leading man.
According to Latino Review, Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of Uncle Jack in the new movie. Keep in mind that this news isn't officially confirmed, but it seems pretty likely that it will pan out. The Hollywood Reporter is also backing up the report.
Production on "The Secret Service" is slated to begin in August, so casting developments should start being announced soon. Matthew Vaughn will direct "The Secret Service" just like he did "Kick-Ass," and the release date is slated for November 14, 2014.
"The Secret Service" film is said to stick close to the plot of the comic book, »
- Terri Schwartz
Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is prepping up to shoot his next film, The Secret Service, which is an adaptation of the comic book that he and Mark Millar created. Latino Review reports that Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman have completed the script and that they have cast Oscar winner Colin Firth in the lead role of super spy, Uncle Jack.
The Secret Service has been described as Vaughn and Millar's version of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. The story follows a James Bond-type super spy named Uncle Jack who works for MI6. He ends up taking his slacker nephew Gary under his wing, and mentors him in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent.
It was also previously reported that Mark Hamill had joined the cast of the film as well. Firth actually confirmed the news himself in a previous interview with rogersmovienation. »
- Joey Paur
The film is based upon Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Wanted) and Dave Gibbons’ (Watchmen) comic of the same name and will be Vaughn’s second collaboration with Millar following their enormous success with 2010’s Kick Ass.
Oscar winner for The King’s Speech, Firth recently played a spy in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Here he will play a veteran super-spy and James Bond-type named Uncle Jack who trains up his slacker nephew Gary to become his successor. The plot of the comic involves Jack and Gary investigating a series of celebrity kidnappings, among them Mark Hamill and Ridley Scott, though it’s unconfirmed yet whether either will actually appear in the movie. Vaughn and Miller certainly have suggested in the past they want Hamill to be involved.
Incidentally, Gary was originally »
- Noel Thorne
News Glen Chapman 30 Apr 2013 - 06:12
Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book The Secret Service is set to go start filming in August ahead of its release date of November 14th 2014. The script is by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, so it's the same creative team behind Kick-Ass, which is certainly a good sign indeed.
The story follows a MI6 super spy named Uncle Jack who takes his slacker nephew, Gary, under his wing. The hope? That he can find some motivation to become a super spy like his uncle, and who would pass up a chance like that? Millar describes The Secret Service as “...James Bond meets My Fair Lady.”
With the film so close to production the casting process has started and Colin Firth »
The Oscar-winning King’s Speech actor Colin Firth is set to go into uncharted territory with his first leading role in an action tentpole, Matthew Vaughn‘s adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic book series, The Secret Service. Vaughn co-wrote the script with Jane Goldman in the same fashion as he adapted Millar’s comic Kick-Ass. Described as ‘James Bond meets My Fair Lady,’ Firth would play the uncle should a deal get made. Vaughn was previously intended to pair Firth with Aaron Johnson, but it looks like only Firth will be involved due to scheduling. The plot centers on a ‘London hoodlum who is recruited...
- Nick Martin
The Oscar-winning actor will play Uncle Jack, an MI6 spy who takes his nephew Gary under his wing to teach him the ropes, in hopes the youngster will change his ways and become an MI6 agent. The role of Gary has yet to be cast. Mark Millar described the story as a cross between James Bond and My Fair Lady.
Matthew Vaughn is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Jane Goldman, based on the Mark Millar comic book series. Our report from last month revealed that Fox is putting this project on the fast track, with an August production start date tentatively scheduled.
British rising actors Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox (TVs Switch) will headline Hammer’s horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death. TV veteran director Tom Harper is at the helm of the follow-up tale and picks up 40 years after the terrifying events at the abandoned abode of Eel Marsh House. The original sleeper smash, directed by Eden Lake’s James Watkins, was based on Susan Hill’s hit novel and stage play, starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, as a widowed father struggling with the dark spirits at the haunted mansion. It had previously been adapted into the acclaimed 1988 TV movie.
The new plot will be set in the middle of World War II, with the government seizing the eerie environment as a place to house the evacuated children during those turbulent times. Of course, they’d all wished they had stayed and took their »
- Craig Hunter
Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic series follows a seasoned Secret Service agent (Firth) who takes a younger agent under his wing as they investigate the murder of every resident of a small town and a mysterious secret involving Mount Everest.
The film is currently scheduled for a November 14th 2014 release.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The King's Speech actor Colin Firth is currently in talks to star in the adaptation of The Secret Service , according to Latino Review . Like his previous Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass , Matthew Vaughn has co-written the screenplay with Jane Goldman and will also direct and produce the project through his Marv Films banner. The series, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, tells the story of a British secret agent who recruits and begins to train his rebellious nephew. Firth is in talks to play the "Uncle" role and Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson was desired for the nephew role but is unavailable. Millar previously confirmed that he and Vaughn want Mark Hamill to appear as himself, as he does in the comic. The Secret »
Oscar-winner Colin Firth will headline director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation acclaimed comic-book series, The Secret Service, which he also co-created alongside Mark Millar and artist Dave Gibbons. While it is still unconfirmed which character he’ll play, it’s expected he’ll take the role of ‘Uncle Jack’, a character who mentors his young street punk nephew Gary into the world of suave, international espionage. Vaughn’s frequent collaborator Jane Goldman has penned the screenplay. Shooting on the film is expected to begin in August, with the film slated to hit cinemas from 14th November 2014.
When asked if rumours linking him the film we’re correct, Firth teased:
Too early to talk about now, but it’ll be unlike anything I’ve done.
Those not in the know can find the official comic-book synopsis below.
- Craig Hunter
Matthew Vaughn's Secret Service adaptation of the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book may star Colin Firth. Sources say that the Oscar-winning actor of The King's Speech, is in talks to star in the film scripted by Vaughn, alongside Jane Goldman. Vaughn also produces and finances by his Marv films, as he did with the excellent Kick-Ass, a film who's sequel opens on August 16th. Distributed by 20th Century Dox with a release date of November 14th, 2014, Secret Service follows a ruffian from a bad neighborhood in London who's drafted into a British spy school; the kind that develops suave, 007-type spies. Firth would play the uncle. Firth's currently in Cinedigm's Arthur Newman comedy alongside Emily Blunt, Anne Heche and Sterlin Beaumon. The Dante Areola film opened in limited areas with little response from viewers. Prior to that, he was in the less-than-well-received Gambit with Cameron Diaz, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman. »
Aaron Johnson allegedly turned down the role of Gary due to scheduling conflicts, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Vaughn penned the Secret Service script with his Kick-Ass co-writer Jane Goldman. Vaughn and Firth almost worked together on superhero prequel X-Men: First Class, where the Oscar winner was courted for the role of villain Sebastian Shaw.
The Secret Service will be released in the Us through 20th Century Fox on November 14, 2014. »
As Kick-Ass 2 prepares for release this summer it looks like director Matthew Vaughn is diving straight into his next project with Colin Firth confirmed to star. Taking inspiration from another of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comics, The Secret Service has recently completed its narrative in book form and is ripe for the big screen. Vaughn and Kick-Ass scribe Jane Goldman already have a completed script which is said to follow closely the comic’s story.
Firth is to take on the role of Uncle Jack, a suave, smooth and seasoned MI6 veteran who takes aboard his wastoid nephew Gary in the hopes he’ll buck his ideas up, stop being a dole scrounger and put his intelligence (ha!) to the test in a real job. The story sees Uncle Jack and Gary head to a small town embroiled in a mystery surrounding Mount Everest. Firth himself told RogersMovieNation:
“Too early to talk now, »
- Gem Seddon
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