EXCLUSIVE: Is Colin Firth’s next movie Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service?”

firthAt the end of my chat with “Arthur Newman” star Colin Firth Friday, I asked that Evergreen, “What’s next?”
He’s got “Gambit” with the Coens coming to theaters.
He says the Barbra Streisand directed period piece romance “Skinny and Cat,” which would have had the Oscar winning Firth playing Southern writer Erskine Caldwell (“Tobacco Road”) “doesn’t appear to be one I’ll get to do.”

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is in nothing like a state of “happening any time soon.”

So, what’s it to be?

“My next film, which I can’t say much about, is with Matthew Vaughn. No, it’s not science fiction. But I’m sure there’s a bit about it out there in the public domain, on the Internet.”

Vaughn, Mr. “Kick-Ass,” has this Mark Millar comic book adaptation on his plate, “The Secret Service,” for 2014 release.

Here’s the Amazon description of the book (Millar also wrote “Kick Ass” and “Watchmen”) — “The world’s greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next James Bond? meanwhile, what’s the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, the murder of an entire town, and a dark secret from inside Mount Everest? Under Uncle Jack’s supervision, Gary’s spy skills and confidence blossom–but when the duo learn what’s behind the celebrity kidnappings, the knowledge comes at a price. The conspiracy begins to unravel, but who can be trusted?”

I’d seen the announcement that Vaughn was tackling another Mark Millar comic adaptation, but haven’t seen the casting news, with Firth (probably) playing the veteran agent mentoring the kid.

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5 Responses to EXCLUSIVE: Is Colin Firth’s next movie Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service?”

  1. Lizzie says:

    So it doesn’t look as though he will be doing Skinny & Cat either then. We discussed this and BJB in a previous blog of yours. I think it is best to ignore Imdb and wait until he actually starts filming. I know he has said in the past that there have been films attributed to him on there that even he knows nothing about LOL

  2. Lizzie says:

    What about The Fantastic Four. I see that the filming location for that is Vancouver, and Mr Firth was in Vancouver Tuesday/Wednesday this week!

  3. Lizzie says:

    Well done – you got the Matthew Vaughn story first. The internet is buzzing with the story today. A lot of them say that Colin is in talks regarding this film, but the way he spoke to you, it seems a done deal

  4. Roger Moore says:

    It’s a shame “El Mayimbe” at Latino Review is hiding behind a nom de plume as he lifts quotes from this entry, and claims them as his “Exclusive.” Does “Mayimbe” translate to “thief” or “Liar”? I forget.

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