Ah – so much for Kick-Ass’ DVD needing my help to get a sequel!
Mark Millar (note: a compulsive bullshitter, but whatever) has told Richard Bacon on Radio 5 Live that enough U.S. Blu-ray/DVD’s of Kick-Ass have been sold to greenlight a sequel! The news comes a week before they street in the U.K.
The estimate is [Kick-Ass] will do 100 to 150 million on DVD based on the American sales, you know, so it’ll end up making a quarter of a billion on a 28 million investment. So It should be okay. So the sequel’s greenlit, we can go ahead and do the follow up now, you know. The first made so much compared to what it cost it would be crazy not to.
Though we should always remain skeptical when Millar announces something (as he seems to be the least informed source on his own projects!!) and it’s worth reminding ourselves that his Kick-Ass sequel in comic book form – Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall – is gearing up for a press campaign towards a first issue September release – and the promise of it being turned into a movie will consciously give it an extra curiosity factor.
Oh, and whilst we are here, Millar spoke of Nemesis, his latest comic book series that was picked up by Fox last month;
Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott… I just got a call from him, literally about a month ago… it was one of those very surreal things. This is a $150 million budget… he said “Who do you fancy for it?”… I said “I dunno, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp” so he said “That’s good, we’ll give them a call”.
… and a phone call is as far as he’ll get. Well maybe… Pitt was close to playing Big Daddy in Kick-Ass before scheduling on a Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds made that impossible, so I guess he’s not out of the question – and well if anyone can pull off the casting of Johnny Depp for a crazy action movie – Tony Scott is the man! But surely Denzel Washington is going to get one of the parts, and Nicolas Cage would make a great Gordon-esque cop Blake Morrow, right?