20th Century Fox will add another comic book film to its stable next year with Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s “The Secret Service” miniseries. According to Deadline, Fox beat out Universal Pictures for the worldwide distribution rights to the film. Vaughn is no stranger to Fox or comic book movies, having directed “X-Men: First Class” for the studio. The director also helmed Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass” and serves as a producer on the upcoming sequel.
Published under Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint, Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ “The Secret Service” follows super spy Jack London, who takes his working-class nephew Gary under his tutelage to train in espionage and covert-ops. The first issue also had a cameo from actor Mark Hamill, who — according to Millar — was “thrilled to be in our comic book.”
“Spies and the conceits of the spy genre are so well known that you can mess around with that,” Millar told CBR about the series in 2012. “And we haven’t seen that much in films. Most spy movies play it pretty straight — ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘James Bond,’ Jason Bourne and so on. They are quite linear and straightforward. So to mess around with that and do a post-modern spy thing, it could almost write itself. I wish it had written itself, actually, because this was honestly quite hard to do. But it’s worked out well. It feels unlike anything else, which is quite nice. In the same way that ‘Kick-Ass’ felt very unlike ‘Spider-Man,’ this has a similar relationship to James Bond.”
Fox will date “The Secret Service” for 2014 with production beginning in August.