Deadline reports that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is planning another superhero movie: The Golden Age, a film about a retirement home for old superheroes, based on the upcoming comic book from British TV show host / comedian Jonathan Ross.
“A major Hollywood studio” is apparently very interested in the idea, and is ready to fully fund it. Vaughn’s wishlist for the lead roles are Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty, in a plot that would entail:
[…] retired superheroes who help out their grandchildren when their middle-aged parents screw up the world.
Sounds similar to last year’s Red at least on a basic conceptual level, but Vaughn acknowledges that films like Red and The Expendables have shown audiences enjoy watching older action heroes. I’d love to see Eastwood and Nicholson together in something like this, but Eastwood hasn’t starred in anything since Gran Torino in 2008 – it’d have to be something special to pull Eastwood out of his tenuous, self-imposed “acting retirement.”
Vaughn may not direct The Golden Age himself, but will at least produce the film. Jonathan Ross’s wife, Jane Goldman, who has co-written Vaughn’s previous directorial efforts Stardust and Kick-Ass, as well as First Class, may not return to write this either – Vaughn may opt for other talent.
Ross is currently in the midst of the 5-issue comic series Turf, which features gangsters going up against vampires. Tommy Lee Edwards is illustrating Turf, and will illustrate The Golden Age too.
What do you think? Are you up for another kinda funny, in-joke, superhero meta-film?