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?
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