Kick-Ass 2 to Start "In Nine Months"
Posted 09.01.10 by Ryan
Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar premiered a few panels from the upcoming comic book sequel to Kick-Ass in his new, monthly comic book magazine CLiNT. The comic book picks up right where the last one left off. Millar described the plot of the sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, to MTV.
Kick-Ass 2 follows immediately after Kick-Ass. You see how Dave has inspired people to become amateur superheroes, Red Mist has inspired people in the sequel to become amateur supervillains. So what we have is two rival gangs of super characters getting together in New York.
Millar says the major characters — Dave and Hit-Girl — will have changes in store, as Hit-Girl "has now been adopted by someone who’s saying that she’s not allowed to kill people anymore," and Dave "is getting deeper and deeper into this very dangerous hobby" of being a costumed vigilante and has "actually formed a superhero team" of his own. Millar revealed in June that the rival gang of "bad kids" would start "doing horrible things to people, recording it and putting it online" leaving Dave and his group "having to try to do something about it."
While he has never doubted a sequel would get made, Millar now says that production is "about nine months away" while director Matthew Vaughn finishes work on the upcoming X-Men: First Class adaptation. Millar says it is the enthusiasm of Vaughn, along with the cast, that made the sequel possible, outside of the profit the movie made despite receiving mixed reviews.
You have to remember, Kick-Ass made $100 million at the box office. Everyone was expecting it to make Avatar money, I would say people said maybe twice Iron Man money, that type of thing, but Iron Man had a budget that was like eight times our budget. They were like $300 million and we were $28 million. So they made $100 million on a $28 million movie.
According to Box Office Mojo, the box office tally for Kick-Ass is closer to $96 million, while Iron Man was made for a budget of $140 million, but Millar's use of hyperbole is already well documented.
As for whether Millar was correct in projecting a June 2011 start date for Kick-Ass 2, the age of the actors could very well put a rush on the production start.
That’s a massive pressure because Chloe [Moretz] in particular is going to change physically quite dramatically over the next few years, so we have to do the sequel while everyone still looks like they’re in high school.
This time around, Millar also claims that the movie sequel will be identical to the comic book sequel, even though the movie adaptation strayed from Millar's source material. Fans will have to wait to be sure, but can look forward to reading the comic book first, a series Millar says will finish its run by April of next year.