Matthew Vaughn has made a name for himself as one of the best, and most unique filmmakers in the industry today. Originally beginning as a producer on several of Guy Ritchie’s projects, Vaughn made his directorial debut with the 2004 crime film, Layer Cake, which quickly announced him as one of the most creative new talents in Hollywood. He’s gone on to create one of the most consistent careers of almost any filmmaker working today too with projects like Stardust, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and more.
However, this year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service marked one of the first times where Vaughn began to gain more recognition among casual moviegoers, and was one of the biggest surprise hits of the year so far. The filmmaker never seems to repeat himself though, and while he’s been busy at work on the script for the Kingsman sequel, nothing has been confirmed about whether or not he’ll be returning to direct the next installment of the franchise.
Well it looks like we might finally know the answer to that question as THR is reporting that Vaughn has signed on to direct and produce the film adaptation of Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller, I Am Pilgrim. Hayes himself has penned the script for the project, and while I Am Pilgrim was his first novel, Hayes has found past success as a screenwriter with projects like Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Dead Calm, and Payback.
For those of you who might not be as familiar with I Am Pilgrim, here’s THR’s official synopsis for the project:
“Based on 2014’s mammoth best seller, the story follows “Pilgrim,” code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for U.S. intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race against time to save America from a cunning terrorist.”
So while Vaughn will be staying in the spy genre, it doesn’t look like he’ll be at the helm of the Kingsman sequel after all as I Am Pilgrim‘s 2016 start date may conflict with the Kingsman 2 production schedule. This also continues Vaughn’s pattern of kicking off new franchises and leaving their follow-ups in the hands of other filmmakers after his work on the first Kick-Ass – who’s sequel was directed by Jeff Wadlow – and X-Men: First Class – which was followed-up by Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Like I said before, Vaughn has more than earned his critical acclaim at this point, continuing to choose new and interesting projects at every turn. While I was personally hoping he might end up directing that rumored Flash Gordon reboot (which is still a possibility somewhere down the line), it’s nice to finally know what his next project will be. He’s shown how skilled he is in telling stories about secret societies and something tells me he’s going to continue his streak with I Am Pilgrim. Count. Me. In.
I Am Pilgrim is currently in development.
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