Ross’s comic book saga of veteran superheroes to become a film

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Jonathan Ross is to follow in the footsteps of his wife Jane Goldman by bringing superheroes to the big screen.

Director Matthew Vaughn, who collaborated with writer Goldman on hit films Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, is aiming to make a film based on a forthcoming graphic novel series written by film and comic buff Ross.

Vaughn told influential film blog Deadline that a major Hollywood studio had shown interest in The Golden Age – and he was hoping to cast Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty in the film.

Ross posted a message on Twitter saying: “Matthew talking to several studios but we have firm offer from one. I have plotted the first ten books. Going to be fun.”

The story is said to be about superheroes who come out of retirement to help their grandchildren save the world.

Vaughn said The Golden Age would be in the vein of recent films The Expendables and Red.

“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,” he said.

Since leaving the BBC last year, Ross has published a series of comic books called Turf, set in Prohibition-era New York.