Superhero Movie Veteran Matthew Vaughn Options a Non-Graphic Novel Called ‘Lexicon’

Most of us are going to have to wait until next year to read Australian author Max Barry’s next novel “Lexicon,” but one man who got an advanced copy is Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn. Deadline Broken Hill reports that Barry’s agents sent a copy of the book to the director, and he gave it pretty much the most glowing review possible by coughing up enough of his own money to option its movie rights.

Barry’s books are generally thrillers that satirize marketing and big business, and according to Deadline’s description of “Lexicon,” it seems to be sticking to those themes. Apparently it takes place in an alternate reality where words are powerful weapons. In this world there’s a secret cabal of people who have been using the power of language to manipulate the public into submission and promote their own positions since the beginning of time. The wrinkle in the story comes when a young member of the secret organization breaks one of their primary rules and falls in love. As we all know, love ruins everything.

There isn’t yet word on when Vaughn plans on putting Lexicon into production, or even if he plans on directing the eventual film himself. Currently, he’s probably most concerned with his upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel, which Fox wants made as soon as possible. And, in addition to that, he’s also involved in the Kick-Ass sequel as a producer. We may not end up seeing Lexicon any time soon, but at least this news gives us an indication of what Vaughn plans on getting up to once he wraps up all of his comic book commitments.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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