Matthew Vaughn is Developing a New 'Golden Age' Superhero Movie
Looks like Hollywood has fallen head over heels for British director Matthew Vaughn. Deadline says that Vaughn has another project in the works, in addition to Kick-Ass 2, Bloodshot and Turf, called The Golden Age about a retirement home where superheroes end up. This is the same guy who said the superhero genre "is going to be dead" soon, but wants to keep making more. Vaughn is apparently working on the idea now, doesn't even have a script, but is getting the studios interested already. He's also trying to get a cast set first before writing a script. And who does he want? Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.
In The Golden Age, which Vaughn might only produce, those three would play retired superheroes who help out their grandchildren when their middle-aged parents screw up the world. Sounds like Wild Hogs meets Hancock, but I think or hope Vaughn's concept is a little more refined than that. Deadline says that Vaughn "believes the success of The Expendables and RED shows that audiences are open to the idea of older action heroes." Vaughn adds, "You have these great star names and they're mainly playing supporting roles now. I want to give them the lead again and let them have some fun." Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger did just announce he wants to return to acting, doesn't this sound like the perfect role for him? One can only dream.
Along with Turf and Kick-Ass 2 and so much more, Vaughn is developing The Golden Age now, potentially to only produce, but maybe to direct, only time will tell. "The Golden Age" is also a reference to the early comic book age of the 1930s when Superman and Batman first appeared. Now that's the concept that I hope this is like. Think - Jeffrey Dean Morgan's older Comedian from Watchmen, simply as the retired superhero living a dull life, who must come back to save the world, like The Incredibles. I'm starting to really enjoy the ideas Vaughn is playing with, but we'll have to wait to see how this develops. Sound like it has potential?