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Matthew Vaughn up to produce and direct Courage from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek

Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Golden CircleX-Men: Days of Future Past) is up to produce and possibly direct Courage, a sci-fi/action film based on a script from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gaidusek, according to Deadline. Courage is being described as “an epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.” 

Vaughn will produce Courage under his Marv Films banner with Michael Ellenberg and his Media Res production company. Fox bought the project in June. Matt Reilly will oversee Courage for the studio.

Matthew Vaughn is known for directing and producing Layer CakeStardust, which he also wrote, Kick-Ass (writer, director and producer, though he only produced the sequel), The Debt (writer and producer), X-Men: First Class (writer and director), X-Men: Days of Future Past (writer) and Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, both of which he wrote, directed and produced. He also produced Fantastic Four and Eddie the Eagle.

Vaughn is next set to direct Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ feature film adaptation of Terry Hayes’ international bestselling espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim through Marv Films. He will also produce and co-finance.

“Pilgrim” is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion.

Beyond becoming a reader and bookseller favorite, I Am Pilgrim was the summer thriller of 2014, appearing as a top choice in summer round-ups all over the country, hitting the New York Times Best Seller list, and spending four weeks as a Los Angeles Times bestseller.