X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has picked up the rights to a new novel called Lexicon that has a very interesting story that's sure to make a great movie. The book is a thriller that was written by Max Barry, and it's set to be published next year. Vaughn bought the rights to the book with his own money, and he's attached himself to both write and direct the film.
The book is described as having a contemporary setting, "but in a world where words are potentially lethal weapons–tools for persuading others to do what you want–which are wielded by members of a secret, ancient, global organization of people with an aptitude for persuasion in general. Their most gifted and troubled member, a young woman, breaks the society’s primary rule and falls in love."
Ancient secret societies that influence the world is always a fun topic to play around with! Vaughn has a eye for grerat stories, and the fact that he used his own money to option the book says a lot. All of the films Vaughn has made have been great, so I expect nothing less from him with this Lexicon. He's currently developing the sequel to X-Men: First Class, and producing Kick-Ass 2.