If you loved “Kick-Ass” and “Wanted,” you’re going to want to get ready for “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” All three are adaptations of series by comic book writer Mark Miller, and while the third has been under-the-radar, the first two were sizable hits.
It makes sense that “Kingsman” would be a well-kept secret, though: the graphic novel is about a James Bond-style spy (played by Colin Firth) who takes a street hood under his wing, training him to be the next 007.
The movie doesn’t just adapt Millar’s series (with art by “Watchmen” co-creator Dave Gibbons) to the screen, it also reteams Millar with director Matthew Vaughn after their successful collaboration on “Kick-Ass.”
If that didn’t pique your interest enough, Vaughn turned down the opportunity to create a follow-up to his last directing effort, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to tackle “Secret Service.” That, if nothing else, shows a confidence in the property that can’t be ignored.
The movie also stars Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson (playing a villainous riff on Nick Fury), and hits theaters October 24.