Kick-Ass 2 Is Coming… Minus Matthew Vaughn11.05.12 # Sequel # One Comment
Kick-Ass divided opinion on its release in spring 2010. The always-vocal web-based faithful said a lot of complimentary things about it. The multiplex-going masses shrugged, and largely ignored it. But nonetheless, a tidy profit was made off a relatively modest expenditure, meaning talk of a sequel has never quite completely shut up and naffed off. Latest rumour is that this follow-up will indeed start shooting soon, albeit minus the director of film one, Matthew Vaughn.
Though Lionsgate put out the first Kick-Ass, screen rights to the series (based on the Marvel strip by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.) remained with Vaughn. If a sequel was to emerge, then he had been fully expected to wield the golden megaphone of power once more.
However his career behind the camera has since moved onwards and upwards, shifting into the blockbuster big leagues with X-Men: First Class – and he is now very much bogged down with the next installment in that more traditional superhero franchise.
Which meant that if Kick-Ass 2 was to get off the ground, then a new director was required. And lo and behold, that’s only what’s gone and happened, with Jeff Wadlow, the man behind slasher movie Cry Wolf (it says here…), being sized up for the task. Wadlow has apparently already doodled up a script, and Universal is reputedly ready to lend its substantial backing to the project, in the hope that shooting can begin as early as August this year.
Any potential flies in the ointment? Only that if this new Kick-Ass isn’t to crash as spectacularly as the wannabe Condorman from the first movie then the fresh-faced stars of that film – Aaron Johnson,Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse – need to be convinced to reprise their roles as Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist respectively. Better get the chequebook…