Long promised by creator Mark Millar, a sequel to the 2010 alternative superhero movie “Kick-Ass” is actually happening and it will even shoot this summer.
Deadline say Universal are in talks with stars Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) about reprising their costumed roles for “Kick-Ass 2″, which would shoot in August. Obviously Universal wouldn’t have a movie without those three, so they will make sure a deal is done.
The expected news is that Matthew Vaughn won’t be returning in the director’s chair. Vaughn self-financed, produced and directed the original which Lionsgate distributed but we knew his decline to return was coming ever since he called the whole idea of Kick-Ass 2 “crass” and compared it to Quentin Tarantino sequelizing Pulp Fiction. Instead, Jeff Wadlow will be writing and directing the sequel, meaning no Jane Goldman either for this one.
Yes, we had to look up Wadlow’s name too. He helmed the completely forgetable “Cry Wolf” and the little seen fighting movie “Never Back Down”. He comes cheap for Universal who have had to be convinced to make a sequel to what was never a big hit. Having grossed $48 million on a $30 million budget, the original film was a success but not one that was expected given the HUGE buzz and marketing it had going in (the film didn’t cross the $100 million it expected to worldwide either). We actually thought that would be the end of Kick-Ass, especially as time went on, but the sequel is now seemingly moving rapidly forward.
Mark Millar said last year;
“…there’s a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed. I obviously know more than I can say, but I think people will be pretty happy with the conversations we’ve been having.”
Now it’s not just idle chatter… Kick-Ass 2 is happening and it will probably be in theaters in 2013.
As for the story of the sequel, the original was pretty clear in its ending for where the follow-up would go and if you purchase Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, you will get a pretty good idea for what we can expect. Basically more of the same from the original but bigger and bloodier!
The Hollywood Reporter also say the movie will adapt the forthcoming Hit Girl mini-series and that will be the first act of the movie;