Matthew Vaughn, March 2010
|Born||Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn
7 March 1971
London, England, UK
|Other names||Matthew de Vere Drummond|
|Occupation||Film producer, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Claudia Schiffer (m. 2002)|
Matthew de Vere Drummond (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971), best-known as Matthew Vaughn, is an English film producer, director and screenwriter. He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and directing the films Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007) and Kick-Ass (2010). His latest film is the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class.
Vaughn was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour and landed in Los Angeles, where he began working as an assistant to a director. He returned to London, attending University College London where he studied anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out of university after a few weeks, and aged 25, he produced a little-seen thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1995), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.
Vaughn continued as a producer on close friend Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a critical, popular and financial success, earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would later produce Ritchie's Snatch and Swept Away. He made his directorial debut in 2004 with Layer Cake. The film was well received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct X-Men: The Last Stand but he later dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Vaughn was subsequently very critical of Brett Ratner's direction of X-Men 3. He next co-wrote and directed Stardust and a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass.
In May 2010, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Vaughn would direct and co-write X-Men: First Class. The film was released on 1 June 2011. Vaughn was signed to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer, the director of the first two films of the X-Men Series, X-Men and X2: X-Men United; Vaughn is still on as a producer.
Vaughn's current project, confirmed by 20th Century Fox in March 2013, is an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service, scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and produced by Vaughn's Marv Films. Vaughn is set to direct and the studio announced a November 14, 2014, release date. Vaughn and the studio cast a young British actor Taron Egerton over Jack O'Connell, John Boyega, Christian Cooke and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the young secret agent who is mentored by Colin Firth. He stayed as screenwriter and producer in Days of Future Past. He also produced the Fantastic Four reboot.
Vaughn was born in London, England. He was believed to be born from an affair between his mother, the early '70s society beauty Kathy Ceaton, and actor Robert Vaughn. A paternal investigation subsequently idenitified his father as George de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI. Early in Matthew's life, before the paternal investigation, Robert Vaughn asked for the child's name to be Vaughn, and it continues today as his professional name, though Matthew now uses de Vere Drummond in his personal life.
|Collaborator||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
|X-Men: First Class
- "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession".
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- Fleming, Mike, Jr. (27 March 2013). "Update: Fox Wins Rights To Matthew Vaughn’s Next Pic ‘The Secret Service', Sets November 2014 Release Date". Deadline.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
- Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn' s ‘Secret Service’?
- Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
- Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
- Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The Secret Service’ Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella
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- "Jonathan Ross' wife Jane Goldman lets it all hang out as she leads revellers at Kick-Ass premiere party". Daily Mail (London). 24 March 2010.
- Rollings, Grant (23 March 2010). "I found one stalker at my kitchen table Another brought vials of her blood I fear for Claudia and our kids". The Sun (London).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matthew Vaughn.|
- Matthew Vaughn at the Internet Movie Database
- Marv Films at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with "Superherohype.com" (August 2007)