Kingsman: The Secret Service (which opens in U.S. theaters this week) finds director Matthew Vaughn returning to a universe co-created (with artist Dave Gibbons) by celebrated/divisive/outspoken comic book writer Mark Millar, after their collaboration on 2010's Kick-Ass. The action-spy thriller stars Taron Egerton as a street kid recruited by a super-secret spy agency fronted by Colin Firth, with the rest of the cast including veterans like Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film's recent Super Bowl trailer featured a number of select quotes from positive early reviews, the consensus seeming to be that Vaughn has delivered his best film yet. If such glowing advance notice translates into a box office hit, then we might be seeing a long-in-development Millar title hit the screen sooner rather than later.
Speaking with Red Carpet TV (via CBM) Millar spoke about what 2015 has in store, both on the comic book side of things (Chrononauts in March, a prequel to Jupiter's Legacy in April) and the many in-development film adaptations of his work.
According to Millar:
"Film wise, probably Starlight will be the next one. Starlight or Chrononauts will be the next thing that gets filmed. Hopefully later at the end of this year, it all depends. The screenplays are being written right now."
Still, Millar thinks the future of one particular title of his that fans have been waiting for could ultimately hinge on the success of Kingsman. When asked if we'd ever see the long-in-development Nemesis on the screen, Millar replaied "I hope so." He elaborated:
"It's one of those things. The screenplay - they spent a lot of money on that screenplay, they got Joe Carnahan to write it, who's fantastic. I actually feel Kingsman could be one of those things that jump-starts Nemesis. The screenplay's just sitting there. Imagine a Marvel movie that did really well in the early days and then it's 'let's do another one of those' kind of thing. Or if it tanks, they don't do them. I think they're probably waiting to see hos Kingsman does, and then maybe something will happen from there. But the script's there."
We've known about Starlight's development since Fox picked up the rights in late 2013. Last we heard, screenwriter Gary Whitta (who co-wrote next year's Star Wars spinoff film) had been hired to adapt the tale of a retired space hero who is drawn back into duty one last time. As for Chrononauts, Millar has described the plot as "Apollo 13 meets The Time Machine," - and while we won't be seeing its release until next month, the appeal must be broad enough to justify such advanced development of a film version.
Nemesis, on the other hand, has always been the tougher sell: a dark, violent series with the premise "What if Batman was the Joker?" The supervillain Nemesis is actually the deranged rich kid Matt Anderson, who terrorizes the world and kills thousands on his mission of vengeance against Washington D.C. detective Blake Morrow.
The Grey and Stretch director Joe Carnahan has called his adaptation "too smart-assed for its own good", which explains why the public's reception to Kingsman may very well be the ultimate gauge for whether or not Nemesis will move forward. If Kingsman - which appears to be similar in spirit, if not content - can find an audience, there might be hope for Nemesis after all.
Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in U.S. theaters on February 13th, 2015. Starlight, Chrononauts and Nemesis are still in development.
Source: Red Carpet TV