If there's anyone who can tell us anything about where Matthew Vaughn stands on the "Star Wars" deal, it's Mark Millar. Vaughn directed Millar's "Kick-Ass" and is producing the sequel, and he's also set to direct an adaptation of "The Secret Service," an espionage comic the two co-created with "Watchmen" illustrator Dave Gibbons.
Millar reports on his blog that he recently met with Vaughn about all things "Kick-Ass" and "Secret Service," and the topic of those "Star Wars" rumors that put Vaughn in the director's chair inevitably came up as well.
Here's what he had to say regarding Vaughn's complicated ties to "X-Men," "Secret Service" and the "Star Wars" sequels:
"Vaughn departed X-Men because our Secret Service project was being copied by a few scripts doing the round and we didn't want anyone to beat us out there with our own idea. Star Wars has since, of course, announced an Episode 7 and he's been touted as a possible director for that movie. All I can say is that if he DOES get picked to helm the next Star Wars there would be nobody with more passion or enthusiasm for the project. I really don't think there could be a better choice, especially as we've referenced Star Wars pretty much every day in the 5 years we've known one another."
Sounds like there just might be something to those rumors after all.
Meanwhile, Millar has been spending even more time on the "Kick-Ass 2" set lately, and he's already ready to call it: the sequel will be better than the original.
"The thing that pleased me was the fact this feels like a continuation and an evolution as opposed to a retread," said the writer. "It doesn't have that Hangover 2 thing where it's just same jokes. It feels very new and fresh and all the new characters really work."
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