Kick-Ass 2 Moves Forward with New Director and Studio
05.09.12 by Ryan
While he has been more wrong than right, we have to give Kick-Ass comic book co-creator Mark Millar credit. At long last, his insistence that Kick-Ass 2 was in the works has turned out to be true.
In February, Millar said a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass would start shooting this summer, which was hard to take seriously since Millar had made similar comments several times before, starting with the proclamation that the sequel would start production in 2011 for a planned 2012 release (which clearly never happened). However, according to Deadline, Millar is finally right this time, and Kick-Ass 2 is now a reality.
As anticipated, original director Matthew Vaughn is out, with Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) taking over the director's chair to helm his own script. Vaughn, who co-wrote Kick-Ass with Jane Goldman, will be too busy preparing the X-Men: First Class sequel, but the report claims that Vaughn is "backing it," which we will assume means that he is on board to produce.
Actors Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all in talks to return, but new deals with the cast will have to signed now that Vaughn has taken the property from Lionsgate to Universal. Production could start as early as August, like Millar originally suggested.
No plot details have been discussed, but should Kick-Ass 2 follow the second volume of the comic book as expected, the sequel will find high school student-turned-superhero Dave Lizewski (Johnson) giving up his solo vigilante status and joining a team of costumed heroes he helped inspire. Unfortunately, Kick-Ass' nemesis, Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse), has formed his own team and is seeking revenge. If you see the sequel ending in a huge bloody brawl (like the original movie and the second volume of the comic), you're probably not wrong.
Unlike the comic, some accommodation will have to be made for the aging Moretz. The second volume of the comic book starts not long after the events of the first. Moretz is now 15, which makes playing the 11-year-old Hit-Girl, well, complicated. Moretz said last September that an older Hit-Girl would be a good thing and that it "would be fun to show her as this twisted young adult, this 16-17-year-old Catwoman-y almost, twisted and dark person." However, angry, dark teenagers aren't the most unique of characters, while 11-year-old assassins are. We'll have to wait and see what adjustments are made.