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Jonathan Ross

Former BBC America TV personality Jonathan Ross is quite the comic book enthusiast. In addition to his huge collection of memorabilia, Ross issued his own comic book series, Turf, last year. Now, Deadline reveals that his animated tale “about a retirement home where superheroes end up” called The Golden Age is being considered for a forthcoming film adaptation.

English filmmaker and producer Matthew Vaughn, who is currently putting the finishing touches on this summer’s X-Men: First Class, is apparently in chats with a “major Hollywood studio” to bring the yet unpublished work to life. Ross also took to Twitter earlier today to confirm the news.

“Matthew talking to several studios but we have firm offer from one. I have plotted the first ten books. Going to be fun !!”

Vaughn’s connection to Ross runs deep. His creative partner is Ross’ wife Jane Goldman, who is one of screenwriters for X-Men: First Class. She also collaborated with Vaughn on the 2010 superhero flick, Kick-Ass and The Debt, a psychological thriller starring Dame Helen Mirren.

Whether or not Goldman will pen The Golden Age script is currently unknown. But Vaughn is likely to sign on as a producer. He’s hoping to get Hollywood acting vets like Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty involved, too.

“You have these great star names and they’re mainly playing supporting roles now,” Vaughn said. “I want to give them the lead again and let them have some fun.”

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By MacKenzie Wilson