Matthew Vaughn Acquires Max Barry June 1, 2012 Filmmaker to adapt thriller novel. ‘X-Men First Class’ and ‘Kick Ass’ director Matthew Vaughn has acquired the feature rights to author Max Barry’s yet-to-be-released thriller novel ‘Lexicon,’ reports Deadline. Set in a contemporary world, the story is centred round a secret, ancient persuasion society that builds and deploys words as weapons. Their most gifted and troubled member, a young woman, breaks the society’s primary rule and falls in love. Vaughn is writing the script with plans to direct. The filmmaker is currently busy prepping his ‘X-Men: First Class’ sequel.