Matthew Vaughn to Write and Direct New Language Thriller 'Lexicon'
Last year's X-Men: First Class was one of the most pleasant superhero surprises of recent years, and despite an insanely quick production schedule, most of the credit to its coherence and success goes to co-writer and director Matthew Vaughn. Now, Deadline reports that Vaughn is looking beyond the world of comic books and toward novel adaptations, taking on writing and directing duties for Lexicon, based on Max Barry's upcoming book. The modern story follows a female member of an ancient secret society that uses words to convince others to do their bidding, but she breaks the group's number one rule by falling in love.
Sounds like a cool project, possibly something in the same vein as Christian Bale's Equilibrium. Though he's only directed four films, Vaughn has established himself as one of the most vibrant filmmakers in the industry right now. He's got an X-Men: First Class sequel in the works right now, so Lexicon will come a bit further down the line, but I'll be interested to see him step out of the brightly colored worlds he's created in his last three movies and take on something that sounds a bit darker. Having a female protagonist will be a new challenge, too, but Vaughn is just as impressive with a pen in his hand as he is with a bullhorn (directors still use those, right?) and we'll have to wait for a couple of years to see how this one shakes out.