When Mark Millar’s hyper-violent comic series ‘Kick-Ass’ was adapted to film back in 2010, it immediately developed a cult following. Even better, the film cost only $28 million to make and made $103 million worldwide box office. So, it’s no surprise that a sequel is in the works. Millar himself said this past February that he expected the sequel to shoot this summer. Since then, there’s not been much word on the project.
Now it seems as if Millar’s early optimism about the sequel was not unfounded. Deadline reported late yesterday that the original film’s director, Matthew Vaughn, is in talks with Universal Pictures to bring the sequel to fruition. The first ‘Kick-Ass’ film was released by Lionsgate but that was apparently a one-shot deal and Vaughn ended up with any and all sequel rights, so it’s his prerogative where he wants to take the next film for distribution.
On a less-comforting note, Vaughn will not be returning to the director’s chair this time around, citing his upcoming work on his ‘X-Men: First Class’ sequel. Instead, Vaughn plans to hand the directing reigns over to Jeff Wadlow. Wadlow is the screenwriter on ‘Kick-Ass 2’ (tentatively subtitled “Balls to the Wall”) and is most famous for directing the 2005 slasher flick ‘Cry_Wolf’. I’ve never seen Wadlow’s work so I’ll reserve any opinions on the man until after I’ve seen ‘Kick-Ass 2’.
On a much better note, the three main players from the original ‘Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Johnston, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are all in negotiations to return to the roles that they made famous in the first film. The only one here that gives me pause is Moretz. She’s a wonderful actress but she’s now 15 years old and has obviously hit puberty and lost a the baby-faced look that made her so perfect for the role of Hit-Girl in the original film. Of course, with a little deviation from the comic script, it wouldn’t be hard to move the timeline forward a bit to account for the change in Moretz’ appearance. Of course, that would take some of the shock out of watching a little girl slicing and dicing the crap out of crooks with a katana, but it could still work.
What do you think? Are you read for ‘Kick-Ass 2’? Or should Vaughn and Millar have stopped with the original? Comment below and let us know.