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 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