Universal May Acquire ‘Kick-Ass 2′; Director & Production Start Date Set

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kick ass 2 director production date Universal May Acquire Kick Ass 2; Director & Production Start Date Set

Both original Kick-Ass comic book writer Mark Millar and illustrator John Romita Jr. have been saying that the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s film adaptation could begin production this summer.

Reports are now in that Vaughn has begun negotiations for Universal to both produce and distribute Kick-Ass 2 in theaters; moreover, we now have information about the basis for the sequel’s screenplay, who’s writing it and who Vaughn has “handpicked” to handle directorial duties – since he’s going to be busy overseeing pre-production on the untitled X-Men: First Class sequel for the remainder of this year.

As many people reading this are probably aware, Vaughn not only co-wrote and directed the original Kick-Ass movie, he also produced and self-financed the $30 million project. According to Heat Vision, Vaughn has written the script for Kick-Ass 2, which will based partly on Millar’s seven-issue run (titled “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall”) – but also the writer’s impending “Hit Girl” spinoff, which will serve as the basis for the first half of the sequel film. Vaughn will still produce the Kick-Ass sequel, but is handing the directorial reins over to Jeff Wadlow: the helmer responsible for the little-seen 2005 horror movie Cry_Wolf and the 2008 street fighting flick Never Back Down.

Despite previous assertions from both Millar and Romita that Kick-Ass 2 will begin principal photography this summer, the sequel is reportedly being eyed for a September production start date. That should allow for original Kick-Ass cast members like Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico/Red Mist) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl) to reprise their respective roles in the sequel – something that did not seem possible with the summer date, given that Moretz begins work on Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake/re-interpretation next month.

kick ass 2 comic book Universal May Acquire Kick Ass 2; Director & Production Start Date Set

Kick-Ass and Red Mist face off in Millar's 'Kick-Ass 2' comic book

Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic focuses on a street war that breaks out after Red Mist assembles an army of “supervillains” in order to take down Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl – who, in response, attempt to pool together their own team of costumed vigilantes. The “Hit-Girl” series focuses on the character’s experiences between the events of the two Kick-Ass storylines, wherein Mindy makes an effort to leave her superhero days behind her and lead a normal life. It makes sense, then, that Vaughn would recruit someone like Wadlow to helm the Kick-Ass 2 movie, given his experience with telling stories that mix the struggles of teen life with street warfare and other forms of violence.

Of course, neither of Wadlow’s films are widely liked – nor is Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book source material – so it’s difficult not to be wary about the potential lack of quality in regards to this particular comic book movie sequel (for now).

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the status of Kick-Ass 2 as more information is released.

Source: THR

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  1. Well, at least Vaughn’s writing it – and Hit-Girl wouldn’t be right if it were anyone other than Chloe. She MADE that movie and has proven herself to be a great actress.

  2. I have no faith in this now :(. Why would they choose Jeff Wadlow? This kills it for me.

  3. Ok, a little bit more relieved since the last article. This movie can still suck, but if it has Chloe, and Vaughn has written the script and is producing it, it has potential to be pretty good.

    Not really sure about this Wadlow guy, though. Never seen his movies and I don’t think they were so popular. Actually both currently hold 23% and 22% on rotten tomatoes, respectively. Vaughn seems to support him, but I’m hesitant.

  4. Wait you’re saying that the Kick-Ass 2 comic wasn’t widely liked?? People went crazy when Millar put a halt to the production because he was writing so much other stuff. I was under the impression it was a hit, as I also thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • Yeah, it wasn’t that great of a movie. It’ll die out with Elektra and the like…..

      • It wasn’t that great of a movie? The movie was awesome! And no way will it be forgotten.

  5. None of the cast are confirmed to return. Vaughn isn’t directing. The comic was largely terrible. Everything that was good about the first film is missing here.

  6. Wadlow is pretty decent actually. Never Back Down was such an adrenaline rush.

    Quit being such cynics man. Enjoy the movies.

  7. NEVER BACK DOWN not liked? B.S, maybe not like by he who wrote this article, but it IS widely liked, as is the KICK-ASS 2 comic book.

    • Never Back Down has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed just under $25 million in the U.S. Those aren’t exactly numbers that scream “widely-liked movie” (your own personal feelings aside).

      As for Kick-Ass 2: Millar’s comics (that series in particular) seem to incite real love/hate reactions. As far as I can tell, there’s been more negativity in this case – but, I admit, I don’t have any “official” statistics to back that claim up.

      • I have mixed feelings with the Kick-Ass 2 comics. I bought each issue the day they released. I think it’s okay. Definitely nowhere near as good as Kick-Ass 1 was, in my opinion of course.

        • I enjoyed never back down for what it is. Its a good fighting movie

  8. Another kick-ass movie…

    Oh god, why.

  9. Knowing Vaughn he Will have an input on the direction. They got this up and coming director with Vaughn looking over his shoulder. I wouldn’t be surprise if Vaughn bullies himself to directing if he gets upset. The script will follow more of the Hit Girl novels. I’m sure they will change a few thing like Red Mist name of M***F***. This is Chloe’s movie. She made the first one her own. No Chloe No Hit Girl No movie. They will bring Nick Cage in ,for how long is anyones guess. We just assumed that Big Daddy is dead. Perhaps he’s recouping and he has been in jail this whole time, agreeing to leave Mindy alone. Let’s hope its a Kick Ass movie.