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Matthew Vaughn seems to really enjoy comic book adaptation. Kick-Ass was an entertaining film for fanboys all over the world and he is currently editing X-Men: First Class. Now he wants to adapt The Golden Age before it is even published.
The Golden Age is currently being written by Jonathan Ross, a top British television presenter who wrote the miniseries Turf (but whose sales have been falling). Ross is also the husband of Vaughn’s writing partner, Jane Goldman. The Golden Age is set to tell the story about a group of retired superheroes in a retirement home who are called into action to help their grandchildren after their middle-aged offspring screw up the world. Vaughn’s wish list contends the likes of Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.
Vaughn believes the success of The Expendables and RED show that audiences are interested in films about older action heroes. There is also a wider precedent of films about older action heroes: Rambo, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Live Free and Die Hard, The Patriot and both versions of True Grit are a few examples.
Vaughn did develop Kick-Ass whilst the comic was still being written and it was one of the most entertaining films of 2010, but underperformed at the box-office.
There is no word yet if Vaughn will direct, but he did start out as a producer. He was responsible for giving Guy Ritchie his big break, producing Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.