‘Kick-Ass 2’. It’s something that ‘Kick-Ass’ fans have wanted since the cliffhanger ending at the end of the first movie. IMDB even has a page for the sequel already, with the title being ‘Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall’, even though nothing had been officially announced yet. When he spoke to the LA Times back in September 2011, he wasn’t even sure if director Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman would be available to do the film. Although Millar stayed optimistic, the likelihood of another ‘Kick-Ass’ was all but gone at that point.
However, a glimmer of hope surfaced today. Total Film is reporting that Mark Millar told The Daily Record “we shoot ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and ‘American Jesus’ this summer.” He gave no other details, and then proceeded to talk about the premise of ‘American Jesus’. As I’m sure the rest of the world is thinking, how can that be?
In that LA Times article, Millar said, “Everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible.” Does that mean that we could have a Mathew Vaughn-less ‘Kick-Ass’? So much of what made the original great was Vaughn’s directing. Since his work on ‘Kick-Ass’, we’ve seen his awesome directing skills in ‘X-men: First Class’ and we’ll be seeing him again for the First Class sequel, which is likely to start pre-production soon. He’s a hot commodity these days, so who even knows if he’ll be free this summer to be involved with Millar, even in a producing capacity.
As for the script, we know that Jane Goldman hasn’t written anything. She’s been busy with First Class, ‘The Woman in Black’, and a couple other projects. Unless Millar got someone else to pen the sequel without anyone knowing, I don’t see how production can start this summer if there’s no script to shoot at this point. I’ve had to rush to finish scripts before, but never anything to this degree.
At this point, we should all take what Mark Millar says with a grain of salt. He’s been known to call wolf before, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up too much just yet. At least not until someone else other than Millar releases some information on the project. Regardless of how he does it, I hope Millar can get it done sooner rather than later because the window of time where the actors involved can still play high school age is rapidly closing. We wouldn’t want to end up with an 18 year old Hit Girl and a 20-something Kick-Ass, no matter how badly the stars would like to return or how badly we want a ‘Kick-Ass’ sequel.