The ‘Kick-Ass’ movies were a lot of fun. They offered a nice alternative to the Big Two properties dominating the superhero movie genre. Of course, the franchise as a whole has received mixed reviews and is hardly a box office draw. Despite that, there are fans out there that want more and (depending on who you want to believe) more could be on the way.
In a recent interview with Yahoo UK, ‘Kick-Ass’ director and ‘Kick-Ass 2’ producer Matthew Vaughn revealed that there have been talks about the next step for the film series. The filmmaker shares that there have been talks of both a prequel that acts as a palate cleanser for the last movie and a sequel to bring everyone back to the present:
“We would like to dip our toe back into it… We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. It’s quite a fun idea we’ve come up with. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and then we can go off and make ‘Kick-Ass 3.’ I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with ‘Kick-Ass’.”
However, when you ask ‘Kick-Ass’ co-creator Mark Millar, things don’t really sound as far along as Vaughn make them out to be. Millar is infamous for hyping up his projects regardless of what stage of development they’re in, but in an interview with /Film, he’s singing a different tune when it comes to the prequel and sequel:
“There’s really nothing happening here in any official way. Matthew is talking about an idea we had for ‘Hit-Girl’ but it’s just been a few informal chats and we haven’t discussed ‘Kick-Ass 3’ at all. We’re getting ‘Superior’ together at the moment and Matthew is putting some ‘Kingsman’ sequel ideas together but Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass are not on our radar I’m afraid.”
Millar’s comments aren’t the only ones that might indicate an end for ‘Kick-Ass’ on the big screen. Last year, we heard that Mindy McCready had basically hung up her weapons for good when Chloe Grace Moretz shared that she was probably done playing Hit Girl. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also off doing bigger movies like ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, so who knows if the star would even come back? Of course, as with anything in Hollywood, you should never say never since even projects that were thought dead and buried could reemerge at any time. I mean, we’re getting new a new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie and new seasons of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The X-Files’. That being said, ‘Kick-Ass’ might not have the same following as those properties, so I’m inclined to believe Millar (for once).
Would you want to see a prequel and sequel to ‘Kick-Ass’? Or is this a franchise that’s basically dead and buried? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.