Matthew Vaughn can't seem to quit the old superhero genre, can he? With KICK-ASS representing the youthful superhero, and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS representing the superhero in their heyday, now he's going into the retirement years with his hopefully next project, THE GOLDEN AGE, according to Deadline.
In THE GOLDEN AGE, based on a still-to-be-released comic by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards, elderly superheroes come out of retirement to help their grandkids when their middle-age parents threaten disaster for the world. Vaughn thinks the success of movies like THE EXPENDABLES and RED make the time ripe for a project like this. "You have these great star names and they’re mainly playing supporting roles now. I want to give them the lead again and let them have some fun.” His cast wish list includes the likes of Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson.
The idea of retired superheroes is nothing new, but can you imagine what those guys would be like as superheroes? Eastwood recently stated that he was asked to play Superman back in the 1970s; maybe his character would be along those lines, although I'd picture him as more of a Batman type. Nicholson and Beatty together again? Who else would be in line for something like this? Burt Reynolds? Richard Dreyfuss? Hell, why not even Robert Redford? I say go for it.
It's uncertain if Vaughn would direct THE GOLDEN AGE - he may produce it. But it's definitely a project he wants to make at some point. I say direct it, Mr. Vaughn. It'll make a nice trilogy. All three of his films would basically be the Riddle Of The Sphinx of superhero movies.