It perhaps wasn’t as eventful as Nicky Barmby leaving Goodison for Anfield, but when Matthew Vaughn left the director’s chair on X-Men: Days Of Future Past to helm the adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic, The Secret Service, it caused a bit of a stir. Leaving one surefire blockbuster for a relatively unknown quantity – had the British director taken leave of his senses?
Well, no. The Secret Service was, of course, Vaughn’s idea in the first place – Millar and Gibbons went off to do the comic, while the director reteamed with Jane Goldman to write a screenplay that will follow the basic structure of the comic, but veer wildly off in different directions at key moments. And it made sense that the director would stick with his baby – as he told Empire last year, the chance to work on a potential franchise that was all his proved a lure too great to resist.
And yesterday, the first trailer for the movie – starring Colin Firth as a suave British secret agent, newcomer Taron Egerton as the raw council estate-dwelling recruit he mentors, and Samuel L. Jackson as an evil megalomaniac – hit the internet. Around the same time, Empire visited Vaughn in his Soho editing HQ, where he’s ten weeks away from finishing the movie, and got him to give us a very exclusive trailer breakdown.
As well as that, we also saw plenty of footage from the movie which indicates that it’ll be a no-holds-barred, extraordinarily violent fun spy romp – part early Bond, part Men In Black - with the unflappable Firth finding previously uncharted levels of deadpan. More on that later – for now, take it away, Mr. Vaughn...