Chloë Moretz Says ‘Kick-Ass’ 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

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Kick Ass 3 Dead Chloe Grace Moretz Chloë Moretz Says Kick Ass 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

While Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge success at the box office, it made enough money – with the help of Blu-ray and DVD sales – to warrant a sequel from director Jeff Wadlow. Alas, the sequel made even less money, and the reviews and fan reception were far less kind than they were for the original, which made a Kick-Ass 3 movie … well, unlikely.

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. – the creators of the comic book on which the Kick-Ass films are based – recently talked about the likelihood of a second sequel coming to fruition. Now, star Chloë Moretz (the actress who played Hit-Girl) is weighing in, too.

Digital Spy recently spoke to Moretz about whether or not she’d be reprising her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 3, to which she said:

“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater.”

” ‘Kick-Ass 2′ was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one.

“If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theater.”

This isn’t the first time piracy has been blamed for a film performing below expectations at the box office. Just recently, The Expendables 3 – which leaked to the Internet weeks before release – did pretty poorly at the box office and some theorized that it was due to the leak. (We, on the other hand, thought it was its own worst enemy.)

Kick-Ass 2 made approximately $28 million in the States and $32 million overseas against a $28 million production budget. It’s unclear, of course, how much money was spent on marketing, how much money went to theaters, and so on, so it’s impossible to know if the film made its money back at the box office – though presumably it did after it was released on Blu-ray/DVD.

Jeff Wadlow and Chloe Grace Moretz on Kick Ass 2 set Chloë Moretz Says Kick Ass 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

Would it have made more money if piracy wasn’t a factor? Sure. But then again, it also probably would’ve made more money if it hadn’t scored a 29% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Like Expendables 3, while piracy may have been a factor in its financial success (or lack thereof), it almost certainly wasn’t the determining factor.

Chloë Moretz also talked a bit about cinematic depictions of female superheroes, a topic we’ve covered more than once. Said Moretz:

“Whenever there’s a female superhero, it’s always a more sexual plotline rather than seeing an actual character onscreen. I don’t think that’s cool. I think it’s rather sad.

“I would love to change that. Hopefully, there will be some cool female superhero movies in the future. I hear there’s a ‘Wonder Woman’ movie coming up. Hopefully they won’t sexualize Wonder Woman, too.”

While I don’t agree that all female superheroes in movies have had sexualized plotlines – Black Widow had an interesting arc through The Avengers and Cap 2, for example  – there’s no doubt that there’s an unfortunate lack of superheroines generally and in major roles (and that’s on top of their problematic portrayal in merchandise and marketing).

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you sad that Kick-Ass 3 probably won’t be happening? Do you want to see the sequel adapted to the big screen? Drop us a line in the comments.

Kick-Ass 3 (the comic book) is in stores now. Stay tuned to Screen Rant fore more news on the (unlikely) film adaptation as it becomes available.

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Source: Digital Spy

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  1. Great, first sin city 2 tanks and now this. Oh well,maybe Aaron can get her a role for Marvel .
    If not for Marvel then


    • If Chloe is not cast as Crystal in the INHUMANS then it will be a HUGE misused opportunity.

    • Piracy? LOL, perhaps it was the people financing the movie did not like the idea of losing money again! The 1st was setup as a kids movie and now those kids are teens and watch youtube or dick around on social media instead of going with mommy to see a movie. Jim Carrey was overpaid for the last film that tanked. Hollywood is the only business where if you throw money down the drain people keep coming back and asking for more. Hollywood and the government that is.

      • It’s always funny when people throw themselves into a debate with little or no information about the subject ;)

        Kick-Ass wasn’t a kids movie. It’s R-rated.

        • I was just about to say the same. In what dimension is Kick-Ass a kid’s movie?

          • Maybe he was thinking of those 8 year Halo and CoD players who swear worse than most college students I know? *Shrug* All I can think of.

  2. There is a saying, “If you build it, they will come” in other words, make a movie with a good cast, good story and they will pay to see it. All movies get “pirated” now a days, You think there wasnt a GOG pirated after day one?
    Come on, sounds like you need some cheese with that whine.

    • That line from Field of Dreams is actually “If you build it, he will come.”

      • That’s one of the most misquoted lines in film history. BUT, there is an actual “If you build it, they will come,” from the 1995 film “Species.”

        • I also believe they use it in Wayne’s World ;)

          • Haha, yeah, Wayne’s World 2 when they set up Waynestock.

            “We had to beat the owner and his son to death with their own shoes.”

      • the quote from waynes world is, ‘if you build it they will come’

  3. I also think people didn’t go see it because Jim Carey’s stupid outburst. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

    • Yeah, Jim Carey just loves to talk out of his ass

    • I dunno, I agreed with what Carrey said and avoided the film because the trailer didn’t look very good and I didn’t really enjoy the first one.

  4. Well thank god for small favours. and I seriously doubt that piracy had a major impact on this movie’s performance.

  5. I loved both Kickass movies. I hope they are able to make a third.

    • Same hear ash, same hear.

  6. Sure it was piracy, not the fact that the film felt like a unnecessary cash-in from the get-go and without Mathew Vaughn to elevate Mark Millar’s writing, you got an over-the-top vulgar mess with no redeeming features and a broken aessop in the form of the final conclusion where anyone can be a hero, as long as you’re good at it.

  7. Make Better movies and we wouldnt Priate movies. i go to the movies plenty of times but im not wasting my time and hard earned money for a movie thats trash.. going to the movies ain’t 10 cent’s anymore either, lol

  8. Sure piracy was probably a problem, but what really screwed the possibility of a third movie was that the second one wasn’t any good. The first one was awesome but nobody knew about it, then the franchise got some fans but the newbies didn’t like the sequel.

  9. “one of the number one”

    Rocket Surgeon.

  10. Kick-Ass was entertaining enough. Kick-Ass 2, not so much. It was a mess of a movie that failed to entertain me (and I’m the kind of guy who loves Commando and Anchorman). I enjoyed Hit-Girl’s storyline, but besides that, the rest of this movie was largely forgettable. Piracy is an issue, but so is bad film making.

  11. Mother Russia stole the show in KA2. I mean, she killed Jim Carrey with her thigh !

  12. Yeah sure it was piracy’s…
    It had nothing to do with the fact that the movie was terrible.

  13. Um, no… Kick-Ass 2 was pretty terrible in comparison to the first one. It failed miserably because it was a miserable pile of crap riding on the first film’s coattails.

  14. Avengers, saw it 3x in theaters and never pirated it. For me it is about the movie, and quality! Also,Theaters are also to blame! With my budget, I need to pick and chose what I spend my money on,and for a $15 theater ticket, it had better be an unbelievable movie. How about theaters lower prices or have a realistic matinee price! Fight piracy with realistic theater prices,and quality movies! You won’t get rid of all piracy, but make it worthwhile for the filmngoer to fill a seat in theaters!

    • Good points, but there are theaters that don’t make you take out a bank loan to buy a ticket. You just have to look for them. They’re usually small, and you might have to drive a little farther, but they’re there. I usually go to one that costs $6, and only pay more if it’s something I want to see in 3-D.

      • Yeah, I tend to go to a major cinema chain before 5pm because it’s cheaper. Also helps if the trailer sells me on the film beforehand because I’d never pay to watch a film if the trailer looks crap (because generally, that means the film will also suck, especially since a film’s best bits are generally in the trailer).

    • Theatre prices in Australia are getting crazy too, mainstream cinemas charge $24.50 for 3d , $1 less for 2d, I bought 2 tickets for guardians at imax it was $59.90, AU$ is about the same as US$. I literally spend hundreds every year on cinema so yes I will download films with poor ratings. We don’t have the option of cheaper theatre chains here unfortunately

  15. I had no interest in Expendables 3 after they decided to aim for the PG-13 rating. Anyone that looks for serious plot and story in the Expendables franchise is a fool! It’s all about the explosions and gratuitous violence!

  16. J’ai vu le premier K-A a la télé, je m’attendais a un film de super-héros comique pour enfant… c’était pas le cas… et j’ai ADORE ! :) Quand j’ai appris qu’il y aurais un deuxième, j’ai acheté mon ticket et je l’ai regardé, je trouve qu’il n’est ni mieux ni moins bien que le premier j’ai aimé aussi^^; et de nombreux ami y sont aussi allez au cinéma le voir, eux non plus ils n’ont pas étaient déçus :) Alors, s’il vous plait mettez-nous un 3eme K-A ! et par pitié, Chloé Graçe Moretz, RESTE ! Je T’ADORE presque plus que K-A :p

  17. I love love love Kick-Ass 1 and Kick-Ass 2. They’re both two of my favorite movies of all time. It upsets me that so many citizens have reverted to pirating everything. I love going to the theater! If there was a Kick-Ass 3 I’d definitely be going to the theaters to see it. What an amazing series. I literally am praying there will be another adaption. JUST ONE MORE!!! This is literally one of the most empowering, amazing movies of my decade!

  18. I’m so sick of people saying that movies weren’t like the books/ graphic novels that they were based on. NO SH*T! These are theatrical renditions based on them , NOT THE EXACT VERBATIM STORY! I read the comics and watched the movies and they were all artistic, original, and real world connected. If you live to s*** on Hollywood films based on literature then go make one of those fa*gy fan based backyard films with your other closed minded dorky a*s friends. Not all ‘fanboys’ are as close minded. I love all aspects of the kick-ass franchise and it really sucks there won’t be a 3rd because dorks pirated the movie and what’s more they rip it to shreds on critically driven sites like rotten tomatoes. Stop ruining it for those that like theatrically creative films.

  19. Maybe Mark Millar can start writing again and stop worrying about figures.

  20. I would have liked a third to wrap up the story. Oh well

  21. I would like to see what happens in the 3rd movie, even if the 2nd one says they were all finished with being superheroes sometimes they might return, but I LOVED kick ass 1 and 2 the music for it was fantastic! I really hope chloë would change her mind and be hit girl one last time, I really loved the two movies.

  22. Id like 2 c kick.ass 3 …but such low lined problems.wid production r not letting it happen….feel srry.

  23. Its sad how people do this, I would love a series (loving Hit-girl for a superhero). The fact that Chloe will be done will just kill the series along with the other actors. Shame on those people that pirate! =/ Just hope that Kick-Ass 3 will happen and maybe end there!

  24. Make a kick-ads 3 movie please I need closure.