While Matthew Vaughn is, I would hope, deep in pre-production on X-Men: First Class 2, there’s still some time in his schedule to option whatever he pleases. In this regard, Deadline reports that the helmer has personally purchased rights to Lexicon, a thriller novel from Max Barry that’s being published sometime next year — possibly when Vaughn can get down to filming the adaptation himself.
The book, though placed in our own time, is set in an alternate world where words can be utilized as tools of persuasion and, thus, are “wielded by members of a secret, ancient, global organization of people with an aptitude for persuasion in general.” But, as is common with these sorts of hierarchical groups, a member — the “most gifted and troubled” of them, no less — finds herself with romantic interests and tries to break from the society. (Spoilers: everyone else is freed by the end.)
It’s much more ambitious than anything he’s been doing so far — with the exception of Stardust, I guess — though the true scope and reach of Lexicon isn’t, ultimately, something that would be easy for me to guess. As someone who’s tended to enjoy his output, though, I anticipate whatever comes from it in good time.
Could there be something special in Lexicon? Is Vaughn the right person to bring the story to life?
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute