Mark Millar's The Secret Service heads to Fox

News Simon Brew
28 Mar 2013 - 06:48

Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar and Jane Goldman are set to have The Secret Service in cinemas for November 2014...

The game of 'which project is Matthew Vaughn going to direct next' appears to be finally over for the time being. The director of X-Men: First Class, the wonderful Stardust and the rather impressive Kick-Ass seems to have been linked to his fair share of projects of late. He passed on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which subsequently fuelled speculation that he was making Star Wars: Episode VII. Turns out that he was quite close to the project, but that job went to JJ Abrams, and then when Sam Mendes dropped out of James Bond 24, Vaughn's name was linked again.

It's little surprise. Matthew Vaughn is a director without a duff movie to his name, and truthfully, we're really rather pleased with the project that he's chosen to make next. For Vaughn is definitely pressing ahead with a big screen take on Mark Miller's The Secret Service, as had been reported earlier in the year. Scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, the movie is set to be a spy caper of sorts in its own right, one that might just give 007 a bit of a run for his money.

And if we've got this right, its release date isn't far apart from when we're expecting the next James Bond adventure. It's been confirmed that 20th Century Fox has picked up the distribution rights to the film, and has earmarked November 14th 2014 for release.

That's a bold date. Even if Bond 24 doesn't land then, it's the week before The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes out, and the week after Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Keen as we are to see The Secret Service, it may yet be that there's some release date jiggling required to give it a better chance at box office success.

The film goes before the cameras this August. We will most certainly keep you posted on it.


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